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Meet the Candidates - 2019 Elections

Read about the 2019 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 2019, which runs from February 24th through February 28th.

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Executive Council

Candidates for President

Sami Ahmed

Sami Ahmed

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethopia 

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter Handle: @samiahmed_13

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Chemistry 

Platform: What keeps students from reaching their full potential is not a lack of ability; it's a lack of involvement. USU students can and will compete with the best students in the nation if they fully utilize all the resources available to them. I want to bridge the gap between students and resources. 

Qualifications:

  • Leadership Board Member of the Huntsman Scholars Program 
  • Effective communicator 
  • Able to easily connect with those of diverse backgrounds
  • Understands how to academically and socially succeed
  • Critical thinker

Goals/Plans:

  • Ensure all students have increased access to career resources outside of class to land top jobs upon graduation. 
  • Connect all students with the right resources for personal and emotional well-being while attending USU.   
  • Connect the International students to the larger student body to build diversity of thought and culture.  
  • Increase the retention rate for first generations students across campus, especially for minority groups. 
  • Give a voice to minority groups represented across campus, who traditionally don't have the platform. 

Rhett Ballantyne

Rhett Ballantyne 

Hometown: Morgan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 6

Twitter Handle: rhettballantyne

Major(s): Finance and Economics

Minor(s): Organizational Communication

Platform: I will work with USU students to promote transparency, implement student ideas, diversify inclusion, and elevate the overall student experience. My goal is to take action and get results together. 

Qualifications:

  • Director, Presidents Cabinet
  • College Networking Director, Student Alumni Association 
  • USU Fee Board voting member 
  • Aggie Blue Leadership Conference Facilitator, 
  • Mental Health, Elections Committee, Series Committee, VP ASCE, ENGR council

Goals/Plans:

  • Lower fees: Lower textbook fees by increasing Open Educational Resources.
  • Improve mental health: Create student led support groups and continue progress by promoting past efforts. 
  • Increase Transparency: monthly email/SMS resource for events, workshops, etc. & videos explaining USUSA positions.
  • Diversity inclusion: support ADC organizations - race, religion, LGBTQA+, international, & other non trad students.
  • Promote student ideas: Shark Tank like competition to promote student ideas across campus.  

Daria Griffith

Daria Griffith

Hometown: Lehi, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter Handle: @darzspittinbarz

Major(s): Psychology and Communication Studies

Platform: I will expand resources that address USU's need for improved student wellness through unity of administration and our diverse student body. I will empower our Aggies to face life unafraid.

Qualifications:

  • USUSA VP of Student Alumni, SAA President (current)
  • Aggie Blue Leadership Conference Facilitator & Committee
  • Historian & Leadership Chair, Kappa Delta Sorority (2015-19)
  • Lead Teaching Assistant for Public Speaking course (5 terms)
  • Current Student Representative on The Alumni Advisory Board

Goals/Plans:

  • Launch program for sexual assault awareness and compassion that educates students and survivors on USU resources.
  • Help students engage in positive mental health education and promotion through workshops, trainings, and activities.
  • Publish a campus safety plan for student preparedness to mitigate student distress in the event of a threat.
  • Continue plan for developing student involvement education and help make opportunities more accessible.
  • Instigate a strategy for unity across all university departments to better cater to student life and wellness.

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter Handle: @theroguebear

Major(s): International Business and Global Communication

Minor(s): Spanish and Portuguese

Platform: I aim to create useful programs and events for the Student Body that focus on Mental Health, Sexual Assault Awareness, Diversity, Sustainability, and Involvement. These are all areas that are important to our students, because so many of us are directly affected by these topics, including myself. 

Qualifications:

  • I am the current USUSA Organizations and Diversity VP
  • I have been on the hiring committees for 4 new USU employees
  • I am a sitting member of the Student Fee Board 
  • I've accomplished all my initiatives during my tenure as VP
  • Former member of the A-Team and Peer Mentor

Goals/Plans:

  • Mental Health: Currently working with CAPS to develop a meaningful" total health" curriculum for students.  
  • Sexual Assault Awareness: Increased PR & exposure to resources on campus in order to better support students. 
  • Diversity: Mobilize PCAB to help with Diversity recruitment and improved diversity communication proficiency.
  • Sustainability: Continue to promote and help with sustainability issues and initiatives both on campus & statewide.
  • Involvement: Use Aggie Blue Leadership Conference & PCAB to help raise awareness and encourage student involvement. 

Candidates for Executive Vice President

Dexton Lake

Dexton Lake

Hometown: Blackfoot, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 8

Twitter Handle: @dexlake

Major(s): Plant Science and Agribusiness

Platform: Be what I have always been during my tenure in student government within Utah State University: an advocate for the students, who I willingly and love to serve. 

Qualifications:

  • Current College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Senator
  • Chairman of committee to improve CAPS at USU
  • Advocated transparency of student fees to administration
  • Chairman of the CAAS Council
  • Worked heavily with USU Police to improve student safety

Goals/Plans:

  • Continue my work to improve student safety both on and off campus.
  • Actively work with CAPS to assess and revive plans to improve USU's mental health services.
  • Work with administration, students, and the student fee board to improve student fee transparency.
  • Work with SAAVI, facilities, administration, and students to improve sexual assault prevention on and off campus.
  • Actively work with the Academic Senate to improve academic life at USU and student government to student relations.

Josh Segobia

Josh Segobia

Hometown: West Jordan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter Handle: @JoshSegobia

Major(s): Psychology 

Platform: To enhance the Aggie Family by being a voice for students, advocating for mental health awareness and sexual assault prevention, as well as being a resource to students, and faculty.

Qualifications:

  • Student Alumni Association Senior Gift Director
  • Presidents Cabinet Member
  • Aggie Blue Leadership Conference Facilitator 2017 & 2018
  • Presidents Award Recipient 2017 & 2018
  • USU Hurd President 2017-2018

Goals/Plans:

  • Create a Diversity Statement for Utah State University.
  • Work with SAAVI and CAPS to support students through mental health awareness and sexual assault prevention.
  • Meet monthly with faculty senate and staff to collaborate on issues and concerns expressed by our student body.
  • Enhance the sense of the Aggie Family by actively promoting campus events to increase visibility and attendance.
  • Be a voice for students by encouraging the use of My Voice to express concerns and student ideas.

Candidates for Student Advocate Vice-President

Paulina Rivera

Paulina Rivera-Soto

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter Handle: @Paulinarivera13

Major(s): Finance and Economics

Minor(s): Latin American Studies & History

Platform: As Student Advocate VP, I will dedicate my time in office to fostering an environment that cultivates intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being for members of our Aggie family.

Qualifications:

  • Government Relations Council
  • Ambassador for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • USUSA Diversity Director
  • Student-at-Large on Fee Board
  • Campus Outreach Director for the Student Alumni Association

Goals/Plans:

  • Increase awareness and information on substance abuse.
  • Coordinate lobbying efforts at the state level to expand resources for mental health services for students.
  • Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and continue University efforts to better prevention and response.
  • Maintain open communication with local city officials.
  • Promote university transparency on tuition changes and fee allocations.

Candidates for Athletics and Campus Recreation Vice President

Braden Tomlinson

Braden Tomlinson

Hometown: Shelley, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @b_tommy2

Major(s): Marketing

Platform: Tradition and Unity. I want all students to feel a welcome friendship at sporting events, revamp the crazy Aggie crowd we once had, and for them to know they have someone who is a voice for them, not a voice to them.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about Athletics and serving my fellow students
  • HURD President 2018-2019
  • HURD Committee Member 2017-2019
  • Great relationships with coaches, players, directors, etc
  • Dedicated to making the experience of other students great

Goals/Plans:

  • Make it easier for students to voice their opinion about what can change in Athletics.
  • Provide more HURD Sponsored events.
  • Add more benefits to HURD Premium and dissolve perks that students do not like.
  • Continue to build a relationship with Greek Life. 
  • Build off this year's momentum to bring back spectrum magic.

Candidates for Student Events Vice President

Cooper Low

Cooper Low

Hometown: Cedar City, Utah 

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @coopylow

Major(s): Business Administration and Marketing

Platform: I will make student events an essential part of the "Aggie experience" by continuing classic events while simultaneously exceeding expectations, cultivating enthusiastic directors and committees united and invested in a vision for the year, and expanding outreach to diversify events.

Qualifications:

  • USUSA Blue Crew under Student Events (17-present)
  • USUSA Activities Committee  (18-present)
  • VP of Events in Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (17-18)
  • USUSA Hurd Committee - Service/Events (Fall 2018)
  • USUSA President's Cabinet (17-18)

Goals/Plans:

  • Encourage directors to pursue new ideas by not only creating new events but also adding to traditional events.
  • Increase outreach/attendance at events by working closely with the PR & Marketing Office to promote events earlier.
  • Work intimately with colleges, clubs, and organizations to appeal to a wider variety of students.
  • Build a sense of purpose and unity for committees by holding a semesterly general Student Events meeting.
  • Utilize feedback from students to provide events they will attend.
Aubrey Pirtle

Aubrey Pirtle

Hometown: Providence, Utah 

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): Communication Studies

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship

Platform: Make events more engaging. Help the student body fully utilize the community and its resources. Help students naturally connect with each other. Establish more advertising of community events to the students.

Qualifications:

  • 1 year events coordinator at Stadium 8 in Providence Utah
  • 2 years Team Captain- coordinated events at different venues
  • 1 year Marketing Consultant- local screen printing business
  • I am very energetic, interactive, motivated, and proactive 
  • I own and operate a successful photography business 

Goals/Plans:

  • Bolster and rebuild student spirit by making events more engaging using relevant and modern marking strategies. 
  • Provide opportunities for the student body and Logan community to connect and utilize the resources shared between.
  • Advertise community events to students and get them more involved in events off USU campus.
  • Make involvement of off campus students more of a priority for the student council through better communication.
  • Create an app where all USU events are advertised in a streamlined, accessible way, geared toward the student body.

Candidates for Organizations and Campus Diversity Vice President

Jenny Patino

Jenny Patino

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @jk_patino

Major(s): Accounting

Minor(s): Chemistry, Business

Platform: As your VP, I will redefine what being diverse means at USU, give recognition to diverse student leaders, and emphasize frequent club involvement on campus.

Qualifications:

  • Diversity Director 
  • A-Team Peer Mentor 
  • USUSA President's Cabinet (2016-present)
  • USUSA Series Committee 
  • Supervisor for the Aggie First Scholar Program

Goals/Plans:

  • Redefine the concept of diversity as seen at Utah State and continue the Diversity trainings. 
  • Push against negative stereotypes about Greek life.
  • Effectively streamline issues affecting multicultural students to upper administration.
  • Increase freshman involvement in clubs.
  • Help streamline clubs and organizations here on campus and effectively implement new advertising methods. 

Nathon Taylor

Nathon Taylor

Hometown: Fort Bridger, Wyoming

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @nathon_taylor97

Major(s): Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Platform: I believe that when diverse individuals come together, we can make amazing things happen. By building bridges between university and community groups, we will foster a tailored university experience founded upon not only our differences, but also our similarities.

Qualifications:

  • USU Resident Assistant for 5 Semesters
  • USU Residence Life Drag Show Coordinator
  • Logan Pride Committee Member and Volunteer
  • USUSA FCCLA Club President
  • USUSA President's Cabinet (2017)

Goals/Plans:

  • Maintain and create events for minority groups to provide them with an outlet to showcase traditions and interests.
  • Bridge the gap between USUSA and other university and local affiliates, such as USU Residence Life and Logan Pride.
  • Celebrate all forms of religious cultures and beliefs.
  • Make participation in USUSA clubs and organizations more prestigious by holding them to a higher standard.
  • Advocate for increased transparency among organizations on campus.

Candidates for Service Vice President

Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Hometown: Holladay, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @emmaabrain

Major(s): English and Political Science

Minor(s): Women and Gender Studies

Platform: Under my leadership, the service center will reach its potential as a place on campus with expanded, thoroughly advertised service opportunities that are sustainable and build unity and community.

Qualifications:

  • Director, No Lost Generation (Service Center) 2018-19
  • Campus Outreach Director, Student Alumni Association 2018-19
  • Service Center Alternative Breaks Participant, Fall 2018 
  • Member, Government Relations Council, 2018-19
  • Series Committee, USUSA Events, 2017-2018

Goals/Plans:

  • Build a thriving social media presence with regularly and thoroughly advertised service opportunities.
  • Implement presentation in USU Connections courses to broadly advertise Service Center opportunities to freshmen.
  • Co-sponsor monthly service events with a different campus organization each time in order to reach all students.
  • Host bi-semesterly socials in the service center to make it a more welcoming place.
  • Make sure that each of the programs are fully providing their intended services and merge them if needed.

Vidalia Cornwall

Vidalia Cornwall

Hometown: N/A

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @cornwallvidalia

Major(s): Economics and Mathematics/Statistics

Platform: Service is an essential part of being an Aggie. I will increase promotion of the Service Center, build community partnerships, and spread awareness of humanitarian crises that need our help. 

Qualifications:

  • Two years of Service Center leadership - more than 150 hours
  • Currently supervising 6 of the Service Center's 15 programs
  • Effective organizer for successful partnerships and events
  • Off-campus service as Homeless Outreach Team Leader
  • Dedicated to doing all I can to serve the community

Goals/Plans:

  • Make service opportunities accessible to every student: increase marketing and participation.
  • Connect campus to the needs of wider Logan community.
  • Raise awareness of international humanitarian crises as a first step to taking action.
  • Grow successful events like Stuff-a-Bus and Aggiethon.
  • Work closely with other clubs and colleges to unify service. 

Stetson Hohman

Stetson Hohman

Hometown: Pleasant View, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Major(s): Industrial Hygiene

Minor(s): Chemistry and Biology

Platform: I plan to increase transparency in the use of AggieSync to help students easily become involved in service, and to ultimately grow the altruistic nature of our great campus. 

Qualifications:

  • Participation in Best Buddies through the Service Center
  • Assistant coach for Aggie Special Olympics teams
  • Volunteer for Aggie Translators
  • Service and leadership rendered as a University Ambassador
  • Regular Volunteer of The Lantern House soup kitchen

Goals/Plans:

  • Include a AggieSync presentation in the Orientation done by the A-team at the beginning of the year.
  • The third week of each semester perform a 5 minute presentation to all classes on how to use AggieSync. 
  • Include a link to AggieSync on canvas so that students have a better opportunity to get involved in service.
  • Ask each service organization to perform one outreach service project to expose more students to their potential.
  • Hold one service activity inviting all service organizations to better the relationships between organizations.

Candidates for Student Alumni Association President

Tarren Jessop

Tarren Jessop

Hometown: Syracuse, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 7

Twitter Handle: @Tarren_jessop

Major(s): Psychology and Sociology 

Minor(s): Art

Platform: As the Student Alumni VP I will work to further opportunities for USU students and alumni to connect, both with each other and with our University, through beloved USU traditions, opportunities for networking and mentorship, and student giving. 

Qualifications:

  • Served for 2 years on the Student Alumni Executive Council.
  • Oversaw statewide mental health initiatives as PCAB Director
  • Advised 100+ USUSA clubs as PR and Marketing Club Director
  • Worked closely with freshman as an A-Team member/peer mentor
  • Registered Marriage Officiant AKA Vow Master

Goals/Plans:

  • Serve as a liaison between current USU students & alumni in order to increase correspondence & connection.
  • Strive to expand the SAA's current campus outreach by utilizing academic advisors while planning & promoting events.
  • Continue to develop collaborations between the SAA and the various departments and organizations on campus. 
  • Foster a more inclusive experience for every life long Aggies by broadening the services that the SAA provides.
  • Increase transparency and education surrounding the Student Alumni Association and the purpose of our services.

Candidates for Graduate Senator

Jared Fry

Jared Fry

Hometown: Morgan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): Accounting

Platform: My main goals are to improve awareness of the benefits the graduate program provides, create a stronger network between graduate students, and provide financial awareness resources to graduate students.

Qualifications:

  • Officer and president of multiple different organizations
  • Managed multiple responsibilities (3 jobs, 3 clubs, TA)
  • I care deeply about providing USU students with opportunity
  • Experience with hosting meetings and organizing events
  • Familiar with the process of finding  professional success 

Goals/Plans:

  • Provide graduate students with financial education (how to pay off student debt efficiently, buying a house, etc.).
  • Develop a stronger network of USU Graduate students through the use of LinkedIn/other resources.
  • Determine methods to increase student satisfaction in the graduate program.
  • Provide a mentoring program for new/potential graduate students.

 

Academic Senate

Candidates for College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) Senator

Garrett Brogan

Garrett Brogan

Hometown: Montpelier, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter Handle: @GSBrogan

Major(s): International Agribusiness

Minor(s): Ag Law

Platform: To strengthen the backbone of this university I plan to serve the current students by increasing opportunities for students in CAAS through more advisors, internship help, and applied learning experiences.

Qualifications:

  • CAAS Ambassador
  • High School Student Body President
  • Idaho FFA State Officer- Sentinel
  • Idaho Youth Governor 
  • Volunteered in local animal shelter for 2 years 

Goals/Plans:

  • Find a better way to evaluate professors and classes. Then give students a better way to access those results.
  • Help student leaders get to know students to find out their concerns and problems on campus.
  • Promote opportunities for students to be more involved in the College of Agriculture. 

Sakia Brost

Sakia Brost

Hometown: Payson, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter Handle: @Sakia_B

Major(s): Agriculture Education

Platform: CAAS is your KEY vote for Sakia: Opportunities are waiting! Let me key you in with internships, professional development, club unification and understanding.

Qualifications:

  • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Ambassador
  • 2019 USU CFFA Vice President
  • 2018 USU Collegiate YF&R President 
  • 2017 Alpha Tau Alpha Secretary
  • 2016-2017 Utah FFA State President

Goals/Plans:

  • Coordinate a night once a semester where students learn from alumni in each department about future opportunities.
  • Increase internship opportunities for students by publicizing at least two internships a week in CAAS buildings.
  • Unify clubs within CAAS by arranging a club night where students can build rapport between clubs in the college. 
  • Showcase the 72+ degrees within CAAS to the entire USU student body.
  • Be approachable and open to new ideas in order to best represent the students of CAAS.

Candidates for Caine College of the Arts (CCA) Senator

Katie Miner

Katie Miner

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @katiesminer

Major(s): Art History and Political Science 

Platform: I will work to elevate the power of the arts community through increased communication, effective advocacy, and celebration of the diversity and strength the Caine College has to offer.  

Qualifications:

  • Caine College of the Arts Council President 
  • USUSA Government Relations Council Assistant Director
  • Women in Politics President and Founder  
  • USU Honors House Resident Assistant
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Ambassador

Goals/Plans:

  • Increase accessibility of university resources for Caine College students.
  • Streamline communication between administration, professors, and students in all departments. 
  • Ensure student advocacy initiatives continue throughout the transition to a new dean. 
  • Plan events which highlight unique student talents and provide greater visibility for the arts across campus.
  • Increase administrative transparency, including course fees and differential tuition processes.

Nathan Scott

Nathan Scott

Hometown: Brigham City, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): Music Therapy 

Platform: To create a unified and supportive atmosphere for all students in the Caine College of the Arts. To be your advocate for needs of funding, mental health, scholarships, and support in productions, artwork, and performances.

Qualifications:

  • Ambassador, Caine College of the Arts
  • Member of USU Music Therapy Student Association 
  • Member of President's Cabinet, USUSA
  • Member of Student Alumni Association, Networking Committee
  • QPR trained, Upstanding Bystander trained facilitator

Goals/Plans:

  • Advocate mental health needs by aiding the action of hiring a psychologist position and providing QPR training. 
  • Provide transparency of the actions taken by Arts Senator that directly affect the students through public forums. 
  • Organize student meetings with the Dean to provide opportunities for students to address their needs and concerns. 
  • Increase student involvement and foster college collaboration by promoting student groups from each department.
  • Ensure a safe and respectful learning community by empowering students with a further knowledge of  their rights.

Candidates for Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Senator

Jaxon Curtis

Jaxon Curtis

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @jaxoncurtis

Major(s): Finance and Marketing

Platform: Create a career focused environment where students can progress by interacting with diverse companies, implementing a new program to increase involvement in each business major, and improving career services. 

Qualifications:

  • Business Ambassador 
  • HURD Director 
  • Aggie Blue Facilitator 
  • President's Cabinet Member 
  • Student Events Volunteer 

Goals/Plans:

  • Implement program to increase involvement and awareness for freshmen business majors. 
  • Improve the advising experience for students. 
  • Recruit diverse companies to the business school. 
  • Improve the Huntsman School Career Development Services. 
  • Continue transparency efforts on differential tuition, scholarships, and resources. 

Sara Dent

Sara Dent

Hometown: West Jordan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): International Business and Marketing

Platform: As Business Senator, I will represent the voice of the students by improving transparency, increasing student engagement, providing ample opportunities for networking and job placement, and creating a more inclusive environment, especially for women, freshman, and transfer students.

Qualifications:

  • Current Managing Director of Business Council, 2018-2019
  • Works directly with current HSB Senator and Dean's office
  • Represented the HSB as SEED ambassador and as intern in Peru
  • Leadership experience in a non-profit research organization
  • Executes current Senator's platform & facilitates HSB events

Goals/Plans:

  • Increase visibility of student resources, such as: scholarships, internship/travel opportunities, & career coaches.
  • Empower voices that often aren't represented adequately, including: female students, freshman, & transfer students.
  • Create better channels of communication between students & administration through monthly round-table discussions.
  • Provide ample opportunities for networking and job placement for all business majors.
  • Help students realize the 'Huntsman Advantage' & their role in making Jon M. Huntsman's vision a reality. 

Candidates for College of Humanities and Social Services (CHaSS) Senator

Lewis Stevens

Lewis Stevens

Hometown: Spanish Fork, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 2

Twitter: @lewnitedstates

Major(s): Journalism and American Studies

PlatformAs CHaSS Senator, I will increase confidence in humanities degrees and promote greater unity within the College. I will accomplish this by facilitating alumni connections, rebranding the CHaSS image, and sponsoring more events through CHaSS council then ever before. 

Qualifications:

  • USUSA Blue Crew Outreach Instagram Director (@USUSAevents)
  • CHaSS Council Events Director
  • 24 Month Service Mission in Jamaica and The Bahamas
  • USU Macro-Grant Committee
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout

Goals/Plans:

  • I will increase confidence in humanities degree and post graduation job placement.
  • Rebrand the CHaSS image, through use of Old Main event space, and social media outreach. 
  • Revitalize and increase the size of CHaSS Council. Sponsor more events and continue the tradition of a CHaSS Gala.
  • Increase transparency of internships and scholarships within the College. 
  • I will work hard to see a Cafe or outlet of Dining Service in the basement of Old Main.

Naomi Ward

Naomi Ward

Hometown: Caldwell, Idaho

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @naomiyokoward

Major(s): Communication Studies and Print Journalism

Minor(s) English

Platform: As senator, I will encourage a more student-led system by implementing events and communication systems intentionally designed to improve purposeful engagement and best represent the entire CHaSS student body. 

Qualifications:

  • 2 years on CHaSS council
  • CHaSS Ambassador and Peer Advisor
  • Utah Statesman Senior Writer
  • Worked with students as an RA for 2 years
  • Speech and Debate National Champion

Goals/Plans:

  • Formalize a system for students to submit suggestions and feedback for their departments, fees, & events.
  • Create more networking opportunities for students to connect with alumni and faculty in a meaningful way.
  • Connect students to CHaSS clubs early to improve engagement & retention and improve the club/senator partnership.
  • Continue to build the college's brand on campus and in the community through events and effective marketing.
  • Connect students to research & internship opportunities in our college to improve academic engagement out of school.

Candidates for College of Education and Human Services Senator

Tiffanee Bird

Tiffanee Bird

Hometown: Tooele, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Twitter: @tiffanee_bird

Major(s): Human Movement Science

Platform: Create a positive experience for the College of Education and Human Services by providing an awareness of opportunities available at USU while being a voice and advocating for CEHS students. 

Qualifications:

  • Current CEHS Council Member
  • Two year member of the USUSA Traditions Committee
  • Member of Miracle Network Dance Marathon Executive Team
  • Facilitator for Aggie Blue Leadership Conference
  • Excellent Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Goals/Plans:

  • Increase awareness of the programs, activities, opportunities, and research CEHS offers.
  • Plan more student focused involvement events for students in all 8 departments.
  • Create networking opportunities by connecting CEHS students to alumni as they prepare for life beyond graduation. 
  • Advocate for students by expressing concerns and supporting initiatives that will have a positive impact on CEHS. 
  • Improve communication and help bridge the gap between students, advisors, and faculty within the college.

TJ Haws

TJ Haws

Hometown: Morgantown, West Virginia

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Twitter: @tjhaws_

Major(s): Human Movement Science

Platform: I will implement programming and legislation that will build a meaningful experience for College of Education and Human Services students and effectively prepare them for success after college.

Qualifications:

  • CEHS Council Member
  • President of Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • USU Honors Program

Goals/Plans:

  • Effectively represent CEHS students through writing and sponsoring legislation beneficial to CEHS.
  • Work with Student Alumni Association to execute department networking nights tailored to specific departments.
  • Implement department of the month programs to highlight research, professors, and features of each CEHS department.
  • Improve CEHS Social Media platforms to communicate useful information to students and help them get involved.

Candidates for College of Engineering Senator

Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw

Hometown: Gorham, Maine

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): Electrical Engineering

Minor(s) Physics

Platform: To better unite the College of Engineering and its students in their academic and professional endeavors by finding new ways to connect the students to their leaders.

Qualifications:

  • College of Engineering Ambassador (2018-2019)
  • Engineering Council Advertising Vice President (2018-2019)
  • Involved with the Engineering Council (2016-2019)
  • Vice President of USU's IEEE branch (2018-2019)
  • Leader of IEEE's Tesla Coil Team (2018-2019)

Goals/Plans:

  • To be recognized and trusted by the student body as their representative.
  • To make the Engineering Council and its efforts for the students more visible.
  • To establish an event that can more readily bring teachers, administration, and students together.
  • To inform the students of the efforts the college is making to improve their experience.
  • To improve the college emails to include more accessible information regarding what is being done by the Senator.

Cooper Karras

Cooper Karras

Hometown: Ogden, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Major(s): Civil Engineering 

Minor(s) Mechanical Engineering

Platform: Unify Engineers and Computer Scientists by cultivating a culture and environment at USU that promotes dynamic learning, engaging experiences, and actively prepares students to chase opportunities and become capable leaders in and beyond science and technology.

Qualifications:

  • Active member of USUSA Engineering Council Events Committee
  • Vice President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • President and co-founder of the USU Club Golf Team

Goals/Plans:

  • Connect students and teachers in cooperative ways that promote learning growth and solutions to larger class sizes.
  • Develop thriving learning conditions by increasing access to educational resources and quality study environments.
  • Cultivate a culture of a strong University presence for the College of Engineering to ensure student interests.
  • Promote clubs and organizations in fulfilling their roles in giving students engaging extracurricular experiences.
  • Integration of all departments within the College of Engineering and Computer Science into a unified community.

Candidates for College of Natural Resources Senator

Rachel Chamberlain

Rachel Chamberlain

Hometown: West Jordan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 5

Major(s): Conservation Restoration Ecology

Minor(s): Sustainable Systems

Platform: I intend to be an advocate for QCNR values and a voice for student opinion, while promoting inclusion and diversity throughout the college and university.

Qualifications:

  • QCNR student council council member
  • Blue Goes Green Grant Approval Board member
  • Currently conducting independent undergraduate research 
  • I have worked in three research labs within the QCNR
  • I am an outgoing person who cares about Utah State

Goals/Plans:

  • To advocate the input of QCNR students in University decisions, and promote QCNR involvement in the University.
  • To advocate for environmentally conscious decisions through the university. 
  • To reduce unnecessary student fees and allocate money in the most beneficial ways.
  • To promote student life within the QCNR through various events and opportunities.
  • To promote inclusion and diversity within the university and the QCNR.

Candidates for College of Science Senator

Drake Comer

Drake Comer

Hometown: Nibley, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 9

Major(s): Human Biology, Biochemistry, and Psychology

Platform: Encourage a positive environment and increase opportunities for success within the College of Science through mentorship, mental health awareness, better dispersion and access of information, and Alumnight events.  

Qualifications:

  • 2017-2018 Science Council Administrative Assistant
  • Cadaver Tour Club Vice President 2018-2019
  • Cadaver Tour Club President elect 2019-2020
  • Actively involved in research in Behavioral Pharmacology 
  • 4.5 years management experience in customer service

Goals/Plans:

  • Increase representation and cohesion by ensuring each department is represented on the Science Council. 
  • Implement a wellness education program for students within research labs to increase mental health of students. 
  • Continue to improve social media presence and the dispersion of information and access of student opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Success Center to establish a mentorship program focusing on freshman and sophomores. 
  • Plan Alumnight events that emphasize STEM majors for students to identify career opportunities and networking.

Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons

Hometown: North Logan, Utah

Semesters completed at USU: 3

Major(s): Biochemistry

Platform: Provide more opportunities for research, internships, and employment while creating a solid network of students and professors. 

Qualifications:

  • Senior Class President of Sky View High School
  • Department of science award in high school 
  • Future College of Science Senator 
  • Work ethic. Started work at 8, Iron man at 16, 4.000 GPA
  • I value listening and will take your opinion into account 

Goals/Plans:

  • Make research opportunities more available and accessible to the students.
  • Bring more employers to campus to interact with the students. 
  • Increase opportunities for outside internships. 
  • Developing a USU college of science podcast as part of media promotion. 
  • Establish links with Elementary schools to promote science learning and activities there.