My name is Dylan Brown and I am a Junior from Pensacola, FL majoring in History and Political Science. I currently serve as the Treasurer of the Pre Law Student Association, and I am also involved with the International Relations Club and ALMUN. I am running because the College of Arts and Sciences is being underserved. As the largest division of the university, we deserve our fair share. My goal is to advocate for higher spending on the facilities of the College of A&S and to push for more initiatives that express its importance to the university as a whole. Another goal of mine is to work with university faculty to try and negotiate better prices for the Supe store. We as students should not have to spend an arm and a leg on textbooks just to be able to participate in class. Thank you for your time, and your vote would be much appreciated on election day.
My name is Emilia Ciezadlo, and I am from Lake Zurich, Illinois. Here at the Capstone, I am a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, as a Chemistry major with a minor in Psychology. I am involved in leadership organizations on campus involving Freshman Forum and the First Year Council. Already having experience within SGA as a First Year Counselor has caused me to gain valuable insight in how to improve UA!
My passion for serving students and strong sense of duty for the embetterment of the University of Alabama’s community has ultimately inspired me to run for Senate. My key initiatives to further help the College of Arts and Sciences grow include connecting students, specifically underclassmen, to become more involved and aware of research opportunities. Beyond our college, my vision for this campus includes an improvement with the awareness of mental health regarding college students, and creating outlets geared towards this awareness. My final goal to benefit UA’s campus is further create awareness and events involving diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Overall, I believe that bettering the campus as a whole starts with improving and engaging with the student body to accurately fit their needs. I believe empowering students as a whole will then help with each individual’s success.
My name is Audrey Cummins, and I would be honored to represent the College of Arts and Sciences in the Senate of the Student Government Association. As a freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, I fell in love with the University of Alabama as a high school student and have wanted to get involved on campus ever since. My leadership roles in different organizations at UA, along with several philanthropies in the Tuscaloosa area, have provided me with crucial experiences that will aid to new ideas in the SGA Senate. My goal as a senator is to serve as a passionate representative of the College of Arts & Sciences, being a liaison between the ideas of our students and the SGA, as well as implementing legislation from the ideas of my classmates. I enjoy serving others, especially my peers, which will allow me to give students without a voice an opportunity to be heard. As a senator, I will work to close the information gap regarding medical, dental, and all health-related schools through solidifying a constant network of seniors and alumni who have successfully gone through the application process in recent years. I also hope to form new relationships with my peers and advisors to best serve our College. I decided to enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences because of my passion for medicine and helping others in my future career, and I believe I can work on campus to help students here at the University of Alabama.
My name is Olivia Davis, and I am running for re-election in the College of Arts and Sciences Senate. I fell in love with the atmosphere of the Student Government Association as a member of the 2018 First Year Council. This early experience of serving my peers taught me the important responsibility of protecting the needs of all students. I have had the honor of continuing this passion through The University of Alabama’s Student Government Senate this past year, and representing my college has truly enhanced my time on campus. I have had the chance to work on numerous pieces of legislation enacting programs and initiatives on campus, such as creating a co-curricular transcript, hanging safety resource signs within the Ferguson Center, increasing traffic safety across campus, creating a bystander intervention certification program, and leading the Capstone Creed Initiative. I have worked with many talented people across campus, and I truly believe I have learned a great deal from the relationships I have fostered throughout my time with the Student Government Association. If re-elected, it is my goal to foster a sense of community throughout campus while focusing on areas such as housing, campus safety, and community service and outreach. It would be a dream to continue my service to the school that has already impacted me in immeasurable ways. Roll Tide!
I am Robert Khalil, a Chicago native studying Biology on the Pre Medical track. Being a student on campus I would like to see the university be utilized to its maximum potential and I believe there is no one better for the job than the students themselves. With that being said, last semester I had the honor of being selected for First Year Council. Having that role, I was able to begin making changes on this campus but on a much smaller scale. After experiencing First Year Council along with shadowing a current SGA senator, I have become familiarized with what it takes to become an SGA senator and feel confident in my ability to bring change on this campus at the larger level.
If elected as an SGA senator one of the first changes I would work towards is the increase of the Add/Drop date for all courses at the university. Currently, students have one week from the first day of classes in the semester to join or remove themselves from a course without it appearing on their transcript. Unfortunately, I as well as many colleagues enrolled here don’t believe that this time frame adequately gives students enough time to experience the true coursework of a class. Having this shorter period only traps students into classes they may not be prepared for and promotes a system of poor grades.
Hello, my name is Chip Porter and I want to serve as your Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences so that I can help make the SGA work for you, the students. Growing up only an hour away from Tuscaloosa as the son of two Alabama alumni, and the grandson of four, the University has always held a special place in my heart. It has been a family tradition. While I appreciate traditions, I also embrace the growth and progress the University has made. I worked hard to make the Dean’s List this past semester. I gained student government experience serving on Lobby Board. Additionally, my experience as pledge class president for my fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and working on committees there has honed my skills in leading and working with others. I am a good communicator, collaborator, and listener. I would take issues head on and use teamwork to resolve them. I want to promote and increase the benefits of an Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Alabama. With your help, we can continue years of great work by the SGA and make the University even better.
My name is Adam Rogers and I am from Tampa, Florida. I am currently a sophomore Microbiology major on the Pre-Med track. In the upcoming year I’ll be applying to the top medical schools to pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon. I am currently on the executive council of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity as the Risk Management chairman. Presently I lead 33 students as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in a Laboratory Biology recitation. I am running for senator to make an impact on this campus and bring a voice to the people that I represent. Student leadership is something I have always prioritized during my academic career and I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference on campus. My main platform points will be to derive an action plan and to tackle sexual assault on campus. This is a problem that is systematically underrepresented but is one that must be brought to light.
My name is Morgan Strain, and I am a freshman at the University of Alabama studying dance and public relations. Since arriving at the university, I have made it my goal to be involved in many areas across campus. I am proud to be a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, a Greek Ambassador, an Al’s Pals Mentor during my first semester, and a full-time student of the dance program—performing in Dance Alabama. I have found that each of these activities have brought to my life a new avenue to branch out of my comfort zone. I believe I would serve extremely well in the Senate because I thrive in leadership positions and know how to work with others to achieve a goal. My aim is to see the College of Arts and Sciences continue to grow and improve in all areas. Due to this college being so widespread, I understand that the many different programs and opportunities can be overwhelming to explore. That is why I would like to work with the university to design a program for students on their MyBama account that lists all on-campus resources, the best form of contact, and location. This benefits students across campus and in all colleges. This would provide a more direct form of communication between students and resources and make it easier for students to obtain the help they need. I am always open to new ideas and projects that help students become more plugged in to campus resources. I would love to see students utilizing all the university has to offer and provide future students with information to help navigate through their first semester.
The University of Alabama is an amazing institution that provides so many opportunities for students to excel. If I, Shannon Tagler, am elected as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, I will work hard at creating a way for freshman students to be better informed and educated on all of the opportunities and facilities the University has to offer. Having a position in the Senate is an exciting opportunity for me to represent the students in my college and give them a voice as to what happens here on campus. Having served on First Year Council, I therefore understand the role of a SGA Senator, which will allow me to immediately have an effect. Mental health is such a big topic in our society today and there is no doubt that it affects many students here at the Capstone. I plan to advocate for those students affected by mental illness by installing programs for students to get the help that they need, easily and affordably. Another goal of mine is to raise awareness and fight for the equality of students here on campus who have a type of disability. Everyone on campus deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter what. I am so excited to be given this opportunity to run for Senate. I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as an SGA senator and humbly request your support. Thank you and Roll Tide!
My name is Darius Thomas and this is my intent to serve the University of Alabama as a senator representing the College of Arts & Sciences. I believe that this SGA is a premier SGA when compared to others across the country, so being a part of this legacy would be an absolute honor. The role a senator plays in the SGA here is crucial for the formation of initiatives that benefit the student body.
I will form initiatives and implement changes that benefit everyone here at the Capstone. With my unique background as a first-gen student, I can draw on experiences that perhaps others can’t. This is important because I can be a senator that helps students who may not feel heard, but I can also be a senator who is easily approachable for people that have similar life experiences. I have always believed that hard work breeds success. I have worked hard to get where I am today and continue to work diligently so that I can show other students that anything is possible. Representing the College of Arts & Sciences in the senate offers me an opportunity to have a platform to show other students that, no matter where you come from, you can succeed. Making sure that student voices feel heard is a top priority for me in this role shall I be elected.
I, Caroline Whalley, hereby declare my candidacy for the Senate of The College of Arts and Sciences. I am from Covington, LA, and I am pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science on the Pre-Law track. My goal is to help ensure the success and happiness of not only my fellow members of the Arts and Sciences college, but of every student here at UA. I am seeking the position of a SGA senator because I believe that I am reliable, hardworking, and proactive. I have always loved helping others, and I think that I have a multitude of great ideas to do just that. I would like to focus on matters such as the local transportation businesses known as Kwik-Kart and Joyride, student driven golf-carts that provide rides to other students at almost all hours. I would like to work towards a collaboration of the businesses with the University, ultimately working towards a method of payment through UA via `Bama Cash’, creating the convenience of paying through the tap of an Action Card. This would also allow the University to regulate commerce and I think that this would be extremely beneficial to those employed and would work further to help prevent accidents related to driving under the influence, which I am very passionate about. I would very much like the opportunity to be the voice of the students and of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I think that I am well fit and a great choice.