2019-2020 Arts and Sciences Senate Candidates

Olivia Davis

Hello, my name is Olivia Davis, and I am running for a Senate seat in the College of Arts and Sciences. I fell in love with the atmosphere of Student Government from my time serving as a representative in High School. The early experiences of serving my peers taught me the important responsibility of protecting the needs of students. I have had the honor of continuing this passion through The University of Alabama’s First Year Council, and representing my Freshman class has truly enhanced my time on campus. I have had the chance to work numerous university events, write legislation, and learn from so many talented students on this campus. Through my time as a First Year Councilor, I have realized that I want the chance to do more for the university and student body as a whole. There are several areas I would love to improve upon if given the opportunity to serve as a Senator. Entirely, it is my goal to foster a sense of unity on campus with the encouragement of communication and interaction between different groups, specifically between the diverse areas of study within the school of Arts and Sciences. I plan to achieve this by creating programs to increase campus involvement and community service, as well as addressing several issues I have witnessed from my time on campus, such as housing and health and wellness. It would be a dream to serve the school that has already impacted me in immeasurable ways. Roll Tide!

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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March 7 Financial Disclosure

 

Jillian Fields

My name is Jillian Fields, and I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the College of Arts and Science Senate! I am a freshman from Dayton, Kentucky studying Biology on the Pre-Med track.  Since arriving at the University, I have been extremely committed to getting involved on campus. I am a member of the University Fellows Experience, and currently serve on the First Year Council of SGA. Through my membership in FYC, I have ignited my passion for serving the students at the Capstone, and I would love to continue to do so as your Senator.  As a result of my involvement in various organizations, I have developed my ability to be a leader as well as a strong work ethic during my short time here. I promise to dedicate my time as a senator to work for the betterment of the entire student body. I plan to promote initiatives that encourage the safety of students both on and off campus and implement an off-campus housing review service to which students can reference when deciding where to live. I also plan to increase student involvement in hands-on service events in order to improve the relationship between our campus and its surrounding community. I will work tirelessly to be the voice of our college and represent your interests the best that I can. I am extremely humbled and excited to be able to earn your vote on March 7th!

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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Erin Jolley

I, Erin Jolley, am announcing my candidacy to run for The University of Alabama Student Government Association Senate to represent the College of Arts and Sciences. I am a freshman from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in political science with a minor in international studies on a pre-law track. During my short time at the Capstone, I have had the opportunity to become involved in various student organizations across campus. Through this experience and my involvement in the Student Government Association First Year Council, I have worked to create positive change for all students. As a Senator for the College of Arts and Science, I will continue to promote positive changes throughout the University of Alabama, along with serving as a recognizable voice for students at the Capstone. I understand the responsibility that comes with representing my peers, and I intend to use my position as a Senator to ensure everyone has their ideas, opinions, and concerns heard and addressed.

February 18 Financial Disclosure 

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Jack Kappelman 

My name is Jack Kappelman, and I am running for Senate in the College of Arts and Sciences because I care. I care about making our students safer and happier. Like most college kids, I am tired. Not just because of 8 ams and all-nighters, but because there is a serious problem at our school. The prevalence of sexual assault on this campus is unacceptable. The complicated reporting process, the virtually non-existent data, and the lack of education and awareness are not okay.  As a candidate for Senator, I can’t in good conscience promise that I can stop this. I can’t even promise that I can make a dent. But someone has to try. If elected Senator, I will focus my efforts on the safety of our students and do everything I can to increase the availability of reporting methods and tackle education and awareness campaigns on campus while working with resources currently in place. Aside from working to combat sexual assault, I want to focus on campus engagement and first-year student retention, as well as expand the Lyft service and partnership. You can count on me to get this done, as I’ve already demonstrated my commitment to serving the students of this campus in my role as Speaker of First Year Council. I’ve worked on initiatives regarding buses for the band, Lyft ride pooling, and campus lighting. If elected Senator, I am fully committed to serving the students of the University of Alabama. And when you vote, remember you can’t Kapp this!

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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Ford Mozingo

I, Ford Mozingo, am running to represent the students of Arts and Sciences in the SGA Senate. I am a sophomore from Montgomery, Alabama and I am majoring in history with a minor in Spanish. Throughout my two years here at the Capstone, I have been involved in multiple organizations including the Homecoming Athletic Committee, First Year Council, and Freshman Forum. Through my involvement in the SGA, I have made lasting  and meaningful connections with fellow students and have worked to make beneficial changes for students. I understand the importance of student leadership and representation and I want to make sure that the students of Arts and Sciences have a senator to whom they can voice their concerns. As senator, I will work to introduce beneficial initiatives such as increased recycling opportunities and increased funding and awareness for Three Days of Health so the physical, emotional, and mental needs of students can be more efficiently addressed. Additionally, I will work to improve game days by working for legislation that will prevent long lines to enter the student section for football games. Most importantly, I want the students of Arts and Sciences to trust in their representative. I am approachable and understanding and will work to the best of my ability to ensure that Arts and Sciences students have a senator that will address their needs.

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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Grace Nalepka

My name is Grace Nalepka and I am running to be a Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences.I grew up in Virginia right outside of Washington, D.C. and came to Alabama to step out from my comfort zone. During my first year here, I have become very involved in my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and have done my best to excel academically by making the President’s List. I want to run for Senate because I am extremely passionate about this school and want to make it a better place. One way I believe we can do this is by rethinking our clicker system. Several classes require students to buy a $70 clicker when the Turning Point app could offer a much cheaper alternative. The app offers a one year subscription that would allow teachers to put up the same content while cutting the cost for students in half. Switching to a mobile app would also allow us to cut down on the waste produced by the packaging of the clickers. Another way we could work toward reducing waste on campus is encouraging on campus organizations to switch from using styrofoam and plastic utensils to using something more biodegradable. Keeping our campus beautiful is a huge priority for me. Small changes like this can have a huge impact on the environment. I hope to be given the opportunity to share my ideas with the goal of making the University of Alabama more accessible and sustainable.

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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Gage Pillsbury

I, Gage Pillsbury, hereby state my intent to run to be your Arts and Sciences Senator within the Student Government Association at The University of Alabama.

I am a Criminal Justice major from a small town in northern Wisconsin. In my short time on campus I have gotten involved in a variety of organizations from ROTC to Greek Life. My goal if elected as your Senator is to focus on promoting campus health resources, create a stress free environment on-campus, and to promote student involvement at UA athletics.

One of the things I have noticed on campus is that the University provides a plethora of resources for students here at the capstone. Various safe spaces are located across campus including the counseling center and psychology clinic, providing countless resources for students. However, many freshman are unaware of the variety of options offered. I would like to work to make more students knowledgeable about the options offered at the Capstone.

I aim to improve student engagement through more special events at non-football athletic events. Additionally, I would like to work to create alternative social functions on the weekends for students.

In conclusion, I announce my intent to run for Arts and Sciences Senate, and to serve the student body to the best of my ability.

February 18 Financial Disclosure

February 28 Financial Disclosure

March 7 Financial Disclosure

 

Sam Rickert

Hello, my name is Sam Rickert, and I would like to formally announce my candidacy to be one of The University of Alabama’s next College of Arts and Science Senators. I want to enact positive changes in the College of Arts and Sciences and in The University of Alabama community. My past SGA experience in First Year Council has properly prepared me to immediately start implementing positive changes through Senate. My strong knowledge of Parli Pro, the writing of acts and resolutions, and the implementing of said acts and resolutions on campus is why I believe I am fit to make the transition from First Year Councilor to Senator. I work well communicating with and finding problems facing students every day that can be fixed through SGA. I want to implement changes to the College of Arts and Science that will ease the transition for incoming freshman, allow for higher academic success, and improve the communication of opportunities offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. With your support we can work to make The University of Alabama the best it can be.

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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March 7 Financial Disclosure

 

Kate Seibels

My name is Kate Seibels and I am running for the position of Arts & Sciences senate. I am a first-year student at the Capstone and am a Biology major on the Pre-Med track. In the future I hope to attend medical school and begin a career that will combine my science-based interests and passion for helping others. I am running because I want to foster relationships with and represent my fellow students in the Arts & Sciences college.  If elected, I will strive to be greatly involved in the process of reviewing and creating legislation in order to benefit our student body to the best of my ability. Thank you and remember my name on March 7th!

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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 James Simpler

My name is Porter Simpler, and I am a sophomore student at the University of Alabama. I am currently serving on the SGA environmental affairs committee. I am a member of the SAE fraternity where I serve on the alumni board, and as house manager. I am majoring in Political science, and I hope to attend law school after I graduate. I am running for senate again in order to serve the students of UA to the best of my ability. I wish to represent the views of as many students as possible during my tenure in the senate. As a senator, I want to make it my mission to make sure all students and staff at UA are as safe as possible. To do this I will work with SGA to get more emergency call centers around campus along with more CCTv cameras. Student and faculty safety should be the number one priority of everyone elected to represent the student body.

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Matteo Taraborelli

My name is Matteo Taraborrelli and I am a current Sophomore at the Capstone majoring in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. As a member of the Arts and Sciences Senate I hope to enact a number of bills in order to help make our campus a better place. This includes legislation attempting to create an additional UAPD station located in the ferguson center or in Gorgas library along with more blue light instillations on campus. I would also like to implement more 348-Ride stops as well. Finally I hope to create another 24-hour library on campus in addition to Rogers Library.

February 18 Financial Disclosure

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March 7 Financial Disclosure