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Meet the Candidates - 2018 Elections

Read about the 2018 USUSA elections candidates. They have each provided brief descriptions of themselves and their campaigns, all of which are presented below alongside short videos that have been produced by the USUSA PR and Marketing Office. Reach out to individual candidates for more information and prepare for Elections Week 2018, which runs from February 26th through March 2nd.

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Executive Council

Tony Ahlstrom

Tony Ahlstrom

Hometown: West Bountiful, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 2

Twitter Handle: @TonyAhlstrom1

Major(s): Business Administration

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Platform: Create an accepting environment on campus, further help and assistance for mental health, help everyone become an upstander, connect students with alumni, help students become their best self.

Qualifications:

  • Director on the current USUSA President's Cabinet
  • Facilitator for the Aggie Blue Leadership Conference
  • Solid understanding of the organization of the USUSA
  • Involvement in many of the clubs and organizations on campus

Goals/Plans:

  • Provide QPR and Upstander training for all students on campus rather than just for student leaders
  • Promote groups and clubs on campus by creating events to supplement Club Rush, Greek recruitment week, etc.
  • Create an atmosphere on campus where every student feels comfortable sharing their talents, ideas, and perspective
  • Create more post college job opportunities by connecting students to alumni through the SAA
  • Inspire every student to make the most out of their collegiate experience

Jaren Hunsaker

Jaren Hunsaker

Hometown: Heber City, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 4

Twitter Handle: @jaren_hunsaker

Major(s): Pre-Business

Platform:I want to create a family atmosphere within the student body at USU and help the students be more comfortable around peers, mare adamant in involvement, and enjoy student life more.

Qualifications:

  • I love Utah State
  • Love being with students and representing them
  • Strong motivation to help and serve
  • Open to finding new ways to make things better
  • Want to help students enjoy their student life more

Goals/Plans:

  • Updating the emergency system to a more efficient, practical system creating a safer campus.
  • Help make becoming involved more easily accessible to all students
  • Create a social media solely for spotlighting students submitted in through peers
  • Create a family environment helping students feel more open with one another
  • Helping better market University events to help students take full advantage of all that goes on

Brayden O'Brian

Brayden O'Brian

Hometown: Farmington, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @braydenobrien

Major(s): Finance and Accounting

Major(s): American Studies

Platform:I am running for President to advocate for USU students at all levels of administration and government, to create the highest-caliber student body in the Utah System of Higher Education, and to provide every USU student the opportunity to thrive.

Qualifications:

  • Director, Government Relations Council. 2016 -Current
  • President, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 2017 -Current
  • Writer, USU Statesman. 2015 -2016
  • President/Competitor, USU Speech and Debate. 2015 -Current
  • Huntsman Scholar. 2016 -Current

Goals/Plans:

  • Continue efforts to address sexual assault, mental health, and diversity on campus.
  • Promote intellectual curiosity and academic achievement.
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for discourse and collaboration across campus.
  • Build inclusive campus communities.
  • Maximize institutional transparency.
Allie Haas

Allie Haas

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter Handle: @_alliehaas

Major(s): English Education

Minor(s): Sociology Teaching

Platform: As Executive Vice President I would craft a plan to improve parking, extend mandatory QPR training to include Diversity and Upstander Training, introduce a mental health panel of students, create a single cohesive online sexual assault resource, and make course evaluation data more accessible.

Qualifications:

  • College of Humanities and Social Science President
  • Government and Relations Council Member
  • Legal Assistant
  • A Team Peer Mentor
  • USU representative for Utah Education Association

Goals/Plans:

  • Craft a Plan to Improve Parking for Students
  • Mandatory Diversity, QPR, and Upstander Training for Student Leaders
  • Introduce a Mental Health Panel
  • Create Cohesive Sexual Assault Resources
  • Make IDEA Surveys and Course Evaluations More Accessible and Relevant to Students
Samuel Jackson

Samuel Jackson

Hometown: University Park, Maryland

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @SamNJackson

Major(s): Political Science

Platform: USU students have an important voice that needs to be heard, and I have the experience and skill set to make sure that voice is communicated to the local and state government.

Qualifications:

  • Three years on the Government Relations Council
  • Executive Board Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • President of the USU College Democrats
  • Lobbying experience at the Utah State Legislature
  • Internship experience at the Maryland State Legislature

Goals/Plans:

  • Advocating for the victims of sexual assault on the university, local, and state level
  • Furthering the University's Mental Health awareness initiative on the state level
  • Streamline student issues and concerns and bring them to the appropriate departments/personnel.
  • Train the GRC and USUSA officers to effectively lobby state and local officials on behalf of students.
Bannon Greer

Bannon Greer

Hometown: Valley Center, California

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @bannongreer

Major(s): Communications Studies

Platform: Build a bridge between student-athletes and students because I am a student-athlete. Promote all sports and get more attention to lesser attended sports. Continue what Jakobhas done this year with promoting athletics. More events such as campout on the quad. Apply what I have learned in SAAC.

Qualifications:

  • Executive committee of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • In charge of social media of SAAC
  • Utah State student-athleterepresentative for Mountain West
  • Leadership skills and ability to motivate
  • I personally know the student athletes and their needs

Goals/Plans:

  • Build a bridge between students and student-athletes.
  • Promote and get bigger attendance for all sports.
  • Focus more on tailgates and intramural sports and make them more exciting and popular.
  • Continue doing and add campus recreation events.
  • Give larger recognition to teams and athletes, especially those who excel both in their sport and in the classroom.

Josh Segobia

Josh Segobia

Hometown: West Jordan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @JoshSegobia

Major(s): Psychology

Platform:To provide an inclusive game day experience for all, reward fans for attendance, unite for athletic events, advocate for others, and bring a sense of belonging to USU athletics.

Qualifications:

  • Hurd President 2017-2018
  • Hurd Committee Member 2016-2018
  • President’s Award Recipient 2017
  • Athletic Fee Board 2017
  • Die-hard Aggie Fan

Goals/Plans:

  • Involve more on-campus organizations with athletic events
  • Continue to improve a rewards system for game attendance
  • Implement a “fan of the game” program
  • Advocatefor sexual assault prevention and mental health awareness
  • Further the community outreach programs
Meghan Tatom

Meghan Tatom

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @meghanntate

Major(s): Journalism Communication

Minor(s): Art and FCHD

Platform: Provide every USU student, club and organization with aiding in creating memories at campus events. I will strengthen university relationships to unify the programming of our beloved USU events.

Qualifications:

  • Blue Crew President
  • Student Events Office Committee member
  • Kappa Delta Sorority Member
  • 2016-2017 Activities Director
  • Connections within USUSA already formed

Goals/Plans:

  • Build better relationships within offices of USUSA to create better events.
  • Better recognize volunteers within the student events office to show appreciation for the service they do.
  • Encourage directors to do the events they feel passionate about and how they want to do them.
  • Work with the directors to create a welcoming office for ALL students.
  • Advocate for all USU students and give them the events they want to attend.
Jared Gheen

Jared Gheen

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @Jaredgheen

Major(s): English - Professional and Technical Writing

Minor(s): Business, Magagement Information Systems

Platform: Embrace diversity at USU and encourage the collaboration and interconnection of clubs. Mandate training for faculty to create a more welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all students.

Qualifications:

  • President of LIFE, actively working to promote equality.
  • Diversity Cabinet Member, working with ADC clubs
  • Customer service experience, patient and understanding
  • Worked with clubs (LIFE, LXU, Students for Choice)
  • Accomplished student based on GPA and credits taken

Goals/Plans:

  • Mandate training for faculty and staff to provide awareness for issues and prejudices surrounding diversity.
  • Encourage clubs to collaborate and combine club meetings to support interconnection.
  • Provide greater publicity for incoming students by introducing clubs at SOAR and Connections.
  • Provide Allies training that incorporates ethnicity, race, and other statuses in freshman Connections courses.
  • Increase Diversity Week attendance and participation by working with housing and college departments.

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @TheRogueBear

Major(s): International Business, Global Communications

Minor(s): Spanish, Portuguese

Platform: I believe in Unity through Diversity. I aim to improve the visibility of diversity and minority students on campus, while simultaneously increasing involvement in student clubs, associations, organizations, and unions.

Qualifications:

  • A-Team member
  • USU 1010 Peer Mentor
  • Vice President of Service for Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • VP of Public Relations for Inter-Fraternal Council
  • Member of Greek Council and Delegate to IFC

Goals/Plans:

  • Coordinate diversity training for all student leaders on campus, i.e. Ambassadors, A-Team, and USUSA members
  • Improve visibility, inter-student relations and communication of diversity and minority students on campus
  • Increase student involvement across the board for all clubs, organizations, associations, and unions
  • Improve the overall marketability of clubs and organizations on campus
  • Encourage and support ADC/MSS organizations through coordinated planning, advertising, and social media presence

Chasen Robbins

Chasen Robbins

Hometown: Clinton, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @chasenr55

Major(s): Philosophy

Minor(s): Communication Studies, Classics

Platform: My goal is to catalyze clubs and organizations through a campus wide mentoring program and embrace diversity through various panel discussions and outreach events.

Qualifications:

  • Have been a member of three clubs(AOV, SOSNR, and BSU).
  • Two years of being president of a successful club (USUSAIV).
  • An extensive background in cross-cultural training.
  • Put on large events boasting many people.
  • Great critical thinking and communications skills.

Goals/Plans:

  • Implementa campus wide mentoring program through clubs and diversity.
  • Put on multiple events titled "A Comment on American Culture". It is a panel discussion with campus minorities.
  • Continue the plans and goals that Chelsea Yoshikawa has already implemented.
  • Serve the student body of Utah State more than I already do.
  • Instill logically sound thinking, academically invigorated choices, and environmentally friendly attitudes in USUSA
Jaxon Curtis

Jaxon Curtis

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @jaxonjcurtis

Major(s): Finance and Marketing

Platform: I will help Utah State become a service-oriented campus by creating leadership opportunities, improving promotion, increasing service awareness, developing a service mindset, and boosting the publicity of the service center. Let's take action!

Qualifications:

  • President's Cabinet Representative (2017-18)
  • 60+ volunteer hours (Spring-Fall 2017)
  • USUSA Tennis Club Member
  • Utah State Dance Marathon Board Member (2017-18)
  • USUSA Activities Committee Member (2017-18)

Goals/Plans:

  • Create Leadership Opportunities: form service council of 8 people that will act as ambassadors for service center.
  • Increase Service Awareness: implement "Take Action" months that motivate students to serve friends and USU faculty.
  • Develop a Service Mindset: merge service center as a bigger part of university tours, SOAR, and connections.
  • Improve Promotion: create social media team that will post engaging photos and videos on upcoming service events.
  • Boost Publicity of Service Center: coordinate interactive stations on-campus that promote service organizations.

Jenna Stoker

Jenna Stoker

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @StokerJenna

Major(s):Dietetics and Exercise Science

Minor(s): Behavioral Health

Platform: My vision is to more fully utilize the Service Center so students can find their place, feel the joys of helping others,realize their impact is great when they serve.

Qualifications:

  • 2 years of leadership (250+ hrs) within the Service Center.
  • Leadership in organizing large service events community wide
  • First-hand experience seeing need for greater involvement.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion. It’s what drives all worthwhile effort.

Goals/Plans:

  • Reach out to all, not just the few. Staff the Service Center with interconnected/diverse groups of people.
  • Provide funding for students who have ideas for service projects but not the means to accomplish them.
  • Build weekly service bulletin where all can see service opportunities offered via social media and campus media.
  • Utilize connections courses, campus tours, professors, and my.usu profile page to promote the Service Center.
  • Incorporate service activities of clubs and the community into well attended USU events (i.e. Basketball games)
Daria Griffith

Daria Griffith

Hometown: Lehi, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @GriffithDaria

Major(s): Psychology and Communication Studies

Platform: I will increase student opportunities for success by providing resources that engage students in networking, student giving, and traditions. I will empower students and alumni alike in creating lifelong Aggies.

Qualifications:

  • Executive Assistant, Student Alumni Association (2017-18)
  • Mentoring Director, Student Alumni Association (2016-17)
  • Historian + Leadership Chair, Kappa Delta Sorority (2015-18)
  • Lead Teaching Assistant for Public Speaking course (5 terms)
  • President of USUSA Beards for Cancer (2016-18)

Goals/Plans:

  • Enhance Networking services for students to connect with alumni and discover careers that parallel their passions.
  • Elevate the role of Student Giving by helping students understand how they impact the future of USU as proud alumni
  • Increase SAA recognition in the eyes of campus leaders, providing our services to every college and organization.
  • Educate Aggies about resources available to prepare them for “life beyond graduation” and grow a stronger following
  • Continue developing the projects of SAA officers; such as the Mentoring Program and Student Donor Education.
Kristin Hall

Kristin Hall

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Semesters completed at USU: 9 (PhD Graduate Student)

Major(s): Human Development and Family Studies

Platform: As your Graduate Studies Senator I will create an effective graduate network to enable more opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations, collaborations and mentorship of undergraduate students, and promote positive mental health of all students on campus.

Qualifications:

  • Serving as the current Graduate Director
  • Study mental health topics in graduate coursework
  • Leadership experience in employment, research, and volunteer
  • Knowledge of and experience working in USU and social policy
  • Have insight to USU as an undergrad and grad student

Goals/Plans:

  • Create a more cohesive graduate school community at USU by improving the grad student socials, events, and network.
  • Bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate students through collaborations and mentorship opportunities.
  • Advocate for graduate student funding, including GRCO and Graduate Enhancement Award.
  • Promote mental health among all USU students.

Academic Senate

Dexton Lake

Dexton Lake

Hometown: Blackfoot, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @DextonLake

Major(s): Plant Science & Agribusiness

PlatformI will use my lifelong agricultural background to improve opportunities for CAAS students and advocate student involvement. I will be the senator for the students. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Qualifications:

  • Grew up as a production agriculturalist on a farm and ranch
  • Dedicated president within the FFA and other organizations
  • Member of the USUSA President's Cabinet (2017-2018)
  • Developed ag. education opportunities at a high school level
  • Will be working FOR the students for the benefit of CAAS

Goals/Plans:

  • Deeper university accountability and transpareny of mandatory student fees so students can see where their money is.
  • Object and limit legislation that will not benefit the college and students and promote those that do benefit them.
  • Weekly social media postings and videos regarding the doings of USUSA legislation and what's happening within CAAS.
  • Increased awareness of undergraduate research and degree opportunities through information sessions and seminars.
  • Increase CAAS club recognition and involvement within the university to promote retention and activation in CAAS.

Konner Simmons

Konner Simmons

Hometown: Terreton, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Major(s): Nutritional Science

PlatformMy goal as Senator of CAAS would be to accurately represent/support students and the college itself. I would stand up for issues that further CAAS learning.

Qualifications:

  • Student Body President of my High School
  • I highly value difference of opinion and will listen
  • I work hard, am organized, and finish what needs to get done
  • Have experience creating events which help unify students
  • Involved in leadership in many different organizations

Goals/Plans:

  • Provide USU and the community learning opportunities through CAAS week that will promote agriculture and science.
  • Accurately represent the needs and thoughts of CAAS students in college and university meetings.
  • Organize and plan events that allow students to get to know their professors outside of class.
  • Provide an easier, more comfortable, way for students to contact and meet with CAAS officers.
  • Educate all students at USU what the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences can offer them.
Sierra Wise

Sierra Wise

Hometown: Orem, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @sierrawiseee

Major(s): Art

Minor(s): Psychology

PlatformAs Senator of the Arts, I will continue initiatives to integrate more entrepreneurship training to the arts curriculum, create more transparency with student fees within the Caine College, and continue planning events to highlight the arts and foster collaboration.

Qualifications:

  • Currently serving as Art Senator
  • Represents Caine College on Fee Board
  • Served as Honors Teaching Fellow for Musical Theory
  • Head of Arts Council at Utah State
  • Completed bystander, QPR, and LGBTQ Allies training

Goals/Plans:

  • Continue initiative to integrate more entrepreneurship training to the arts curriculum.
  • Continue planning events to foster collaboration between disciplines.
  • Restructure Arts Council to allow for greater influence across campus.
  • Create more transparency in course fees and what they are used for within the Caine College.
  • Act as a liaison between student concerns and faculty within the Caine College.
Courtney Aller

Courtney Aller

Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter: @courtneyaller

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Minor(s): Human Resource Management

PlatformI will work towards Jon M. Huntsman's goal of a top-tier business program by facilitating student feedback, fostering relations with school leaders, and fulfilling meaningful service projects for the community.

Qualifications:

  • Business Ambassador, Dean's Office, 2017-18
  • Business Council, Service Group, 2016-17
  • Camp Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2017
  • Business Council, Focused Friday Representative, 2016-17
  • Member, Association of Information Systems, 2017-18

Goals/Plans:

  • Bridge the gap between students and faculty to create a teaching force worthy of a top-tier business program.
  • Enhance Focused Friday and career development by working with students to provide meaningful career opportunities.
  • Develop a Huntsman Gives Back service club to promote service projects and collaboration between clubs and groups.
  • Facilitate communication between students and faculty to create an environment where ideas and feedback are pursued.
  • Promote involvement in activities and events to help students achieve career goals and maintain valuable networks.

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Major(s): Business Administration

Minor(s): Portuguese

PlatformBells do more than ring. The Latin root for the word Bell means war. I, Jordan Bell, promise to fight for: more transparency in spending, more effectively inform students of all events, and improve Focus Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Served as Treasurer on Business Council (B.C.) this year
  • Reduced cost and improved B.C. events throughout this year
  • Coordinated all advertising and execution of 5KRJ last year
  • Currently involved in a new teacher/announcement program
  • Served as Student Body Public Relations Coordinator

Goals/Plans:

  • Plan to create a more accessible view of spending. Students should be aware of how their funds are used.
  • Help make Focus Friday's more about student improvement and less about leadership forums.
  • Help all become more involved and more informed by improving the coordination of clubs in the business school.
  • Improve MyUSU portal by having all events throughout campus posted on the main page on a calendar.
  • Create socials and volunteer opportunities to help regular students and international students come together.

Grant Brinkerhoff

Grant Brinkerhoff

Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter: @grantbrink

Major(s): Finance and Management Information Systems

PlatformFacilitate communication between students, faculty, clubs and administration to foster academic and professional growth.

Qualifications:

  • I'm a Huntsman Student with 16 credits of upper div. classes
  • I am a teaching assistant in the Huntsman School of Business
  • Worked and held part-time jobs in education for 1 1/2 years
  • Active participant in the finance club and Friday Acitivies
  • Current Huntsman Scholar and active proponent of the program

Goals/Plans:

  • Work to maintain and enhance the communication between the students, teacher, faculty, and administration.
  • Establish events and connections between the older and the younger members of the school to give advice and help.
  • Work to center career readiness programs around the needs of the students through the schools events.
  • Work with club leaders to promote the integration and attendance of clubs pertaining to the School of Business.
  • Support the new Scholar Program and work to produce more class availability, especially for those with dual majors.

Joshua Feigleson

Joshua Feigleson

Hometown: Kaysville, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Major(s): Economics and Statistics

Minor(s): Chinese

PlatformI'll do everything I can to attain Jon M. Huntsman's goal to lift the business school to the best in the west and advocate for students' desires for its future.

Qualifications:

  • Member of multiple business clubs for 3 years
  • Managed multiple teams of over 100 members
  • Proven dedication to the 4 pillars of the business school
  • International business and entrepreneurial experience
  • Proven dedication to students

Goals/Plans:

  • To listen to students and make sure their desires are heard by the administration.
  • To encourage students to believe in Jon Huntsman's vision for the school and do their part to attain it.
  • To promote student involvement in extracurricular activities at the Huntsman School of Business.
  • To empower student organizations with the ability to attain their goals.
  • To develop unity through extracurricular activities and an attitude of reaching out.

Reese Jensen

Reese Jensen

Hometown: Cedar Hills, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter: @reeseallan31

Major(s): Business Administration and Marketing

PlatformBringing together the Huntsman school community, the students, administration, and professors by continuing to develop and expand our student organizations, open communication, and fostering transparency.

Qualifications:

  • USUSA Presidents Cabinet
  • Facilitator at Aggie Blue Leadership Conference
  • USU Student Media Marketing and Sales
  • Member of the 2018 HMA Wake Forrest Competition Team
  • Member of various Huntsman clubs and organizations

Goals/Plans:

  • Foster internal transparency.
  • Amplify the student voice.
  • Focus on new or emerging technologies and markets.
  • Further our student clubs and organizations.
  • Strengthen interpersonal relationships between students, professors, administration, and student leadership.

Cameron Pitt

Cameron Pitt

Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @cameronpitt18

Major(s): Marketing

PlatformI will work to improve communication and unity in the business school, empower students by promoting their ideas, and ensure that every student is given ample resources to succeed.

Qualifications:

  • Current Director of USUSA's No Lost Generation club
  • Two-year member of the Huntsman Scholar Program
  • Complex understanding of HSB's scholarships and resources
  • Experience fundraising for USU's Advancement Center
  • Corporate work experience working with Ford Motor Company

Goals/Plans:

  • Improve communication between students and administration on topics such as differential tuition and goals for HSB.
  • Empower students by holding a monthly meeting where individuals can vocalize ideas and concerns to a committee.
  • Improve networking and job placement for ALL majors by organizing and increasing corporate relation events.
  • Create channels for collaboration with students from other colleges for research and business startups.
  • Hold semi-annual information sessions for all interested students on available resources and scholarships.
McKenna Allred

McKenna Allred

Hometown: Tooele, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter: @mckenna_allred

Major(s): Journalism and Political Science

PlatformIncrease college awareness by planning more student-focused, college unifying events, increase student involvement, bridge the gap between students and faculty to promote professional connections, be an effective representative for students while serving on fee board and academic senate.

Qualifications:

  • I am serving on the current CHaSS senator's council
  • Established relationships with faculty and advisors
  • Served as a Student at Large on the Student Fee Board
  • Directly work with CHaSS students as a peer advisor
  • Consistently promote the college as a CHaSS Ambassador

Goals/Plans:

  • Bring awareness to the all of the programs CHaSS offers by improving and sustaining promotional efforts.
  • Increase student involvement within CHaSS by establishing more opportunities for students to join organizations.
  • Unify our students and our organizations by planning more student-focused, club-integrated events.
  • Create a professional and productive environment for students to interact and network with professors and faculty.
  • Advocate for the students concerns completely and effectively on Academic Senate and on the Student Fee Board.

Kaden McArthur

Kaden McArthur

Hometown: Wellsville, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter: @kaden_mcarthur

Major(s): Law and Constitutional Studies/Philosophy

Minor(s) Environmental Studies

PlatformAs part of such a diverse college I want to provide opportunities for students in every department of CHaSS to be involved, and to be represented in the decisions that affect them. Students should have their voices heard regarding the decisions made within the college, no matter their major.

Qualifications:

  • Former CHaSS Council Member and Freshman Liaison
  • Former Government Relations Council Member, and City Liaison
  • Member of USU Honors Program
  • Political Science Dept. Merrill Scholar

Goals/Plans:

  • Have a diverse CHaSS Council which reflects the various disciplines of study within the college.
  • Allow time at weekly CHaSS Council meetings for students within the college to make public comment.
  • Maintain communication between the office of CHaSS Senator and the heads of each department within the college.
  • Use information from past years to continue to build upon and improve events and programs put on by CHaSS.
  • Increase the advertisement for the events put on by the college, and make them accessible to all students.
Deidra Thomas

Deidra Thomas

Hometown: Centerville, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter: @deidra__thomas

Major(s): Elementary Education

PlatformTo create a positive and successful experience for students in the College of Education and Human Services by efficiently and effectively working with CEHS faculty and other USUSA officers.

Qualifications:

  • Current College of Education and Human Services Senator
  • Current positive and working relationship with the CEHS dean
  • Current voting member of the USU Fee Board
  • Previous College of Education and Human Services Events VP
  • Past USUSA involvement on Blue Crew and President's Cabinet

Goals/Plans:

  • Allow for students to work with college alumni by creating networking opportunities between CEHS students and alumni.
  • Continue working with Dean Foley to create a vision for the college.
  • Use student feedback obtained this year to work with faculty and staff to improve student experience in our college.
  • Work with members of academic senate to push forward initiatives that will positively impact CEHS students.
  • Regularly communicate with CEHS advisors by providing them with ideas and suggestions to help students succeed.
Erik Olson

Erik Olson

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter: @erikolsonn

Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

PlatformExpand upon momentum already built in the College of Engineering to:
Increase student advocacy Expand opportunities for student feedback Build a more welcoming and unified College Continue to keep fees low

Qualifications:

  • Current Engineering Senator, direct experience with the role
  • Engineering Ambassador, represented College of Engineering
  • American Nuclear Society, awareness of club challenges
  • 2018 Fee Board member, experience with student fees
  • Eng. Ed. research assistant, aware of unique Eng. problems

Goals/Plans:

  • SAVE: Increase Open Educational Resource implementation in the College to save students' money.
  • KEEP: Continue to be a strong voice against unnecessary student fee increases and keep fees low.
  • ADVOCATE: Structure USUSA legislative procedure to more effectively advocate Engineering students.
  • ENGAGE: Host monthly focus groups with administrators and mid-semester evaluations to engage students.
  • DEVELOP: Advance internship opportunities, research accessibility, multidisciplinary projects to develop students.
Mason Kemp

Mason Kemp

Hometown: St. George, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter: @masonlkemp

Major(s): Wildlife Ecology and Management

Minor(s): Fisheries

PlatformIncrease opportunities for involvement and connection between the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the rest of Utah State University.

Qualifications:

  • QCNR Undergraduate Student Council Marketing Director
  • Global Community Leadership participant in Cambodia
  • Volunteer for various USUSA events

Goals/Plans:

  • Create and promote events that will be more inclusive and engaging to all students, especially in the QCNR.
  • Be a voice for the QCNR and an advocate for the Natural Resources.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion for those who feel marginalized or without representation.
Lukas Lehmann

Lukas Lehmann

Hometown: Sandy, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @luk_lehm

Major(s): Statistics

Minor(s): Quantitative Finance

PlatformI will work to create a successful college experience for the students of the college of science and always strive to champion the academics of the college.

Qualifications:

  • USUSA BlueCrew Social Media Director
  • Lab Technician at UStar Spider Silk Laboratory
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Vice President of Finance
  • Dean's List recipient
  • Assignment Grader for two courses in the math department

Goals/Plans:

  • Effectively communicate to the dean and department heads the initiatives of the college.
  • Develop and improve upon social media to effectively communicate the events and news within the college of science.
  • Hold events to highlight the diversity and reach of the many departments within the college.
  • Have an effective and developmental science week that creates objectives to explore outside disciplines.
  • Be an available advocate for individuals in the College of Science.

Abigail Longaker

Abigail Longaker

Hometown: Sandy, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @AbigailLongaker

Major(s): Biology (Human Biology)

PlatformI will assist students in better preparing for their future professions and livelihoods by making resources, such as research and networking opportunities, more accessible.

Qualifications:

  • Science Council Member 2017-2018
  • Undergraduate Research Fellow with Own Project
  • Student Alumni Association Leadership 2015-2018
  • Honors Program Member
  • Logan Regional Hospital Volunteer 2016-2018

Goals/Plans:

  • Expand networking opportunities between students and professionals through Science Week and Alumnights.
  • Make research opportunities and information more accessible through peer mentoring and hosting an information night.
  • Improve and rework the Biology Advising Center's Twitter/Facebook pages for student opportunities.

D. Jaden Turner

D. Jaden Turner

Hometown: Richfield, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 8

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): Chemistry and Business

Platform Create an AggieSync page to allow for better networking among current USU science students, continue the tradition of Science Week, and promote increased awareness of students in distress.

Qualifications:

  • Laboratory Clerk/Researcher Synthetic Spider Silk Laboratory
  • Science Council Secretary, Utah State University
  • Director of Aggies for Education, USU Service Center
  • Fee Board and Student Sustainability (BGG) Committee Member
  • TA/Tutor for various Math, Biology and Chemistry courses

Goals/Plans:

  • Be the voice of USU science students.
  • Promote increased awareness of students in distress and seek for ways to connect them to proper resources.
  • Create a student network (AggieSync page) where students can post materials for sale, jokes, opportunities etc.
  • Continue the tradition of having a sensational Science Week.
  • Promote the College of Science and Utah State University.