My name is Clay Bruce and I’m running to be your next Senator for the College of Engineering. I’m a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina studying Mechanical Engineering. I currently work in the Academic Affairs Cabinet within SGA, where I have become familiar with the countless academic resources available to students here at UA. My campaign’s platform is centered around three things: Resource Engagement, Stress-free Studying, and Clear Paths for Students. For Resource Engagement, it’s imperative that SGA takes a greater role in promoting UA’s already existing resources, like the many software packages provided by the Office of Information Technology. It’s also important that CoE students incorporate rapid prototyping technology provided by the Cube into their personal and academic projects. With better resource engagement, students will have a more hands-on experience here at UA and leave college with a broader skill-set. By improving popular engineering study spaces like the NERC basement, SERC lounges, and Rogers library, we can enhance the student experience and create Stress-free Studying. A few basic fixes can be done to brighten up these areas and create vibrant, collaborative spaces for students. Finally, I’d like to work alongside advising to clean up major flowcharts and create understandable explanations for each engineering major, including career possibilities. We can increase retention within the College of Engineering by paving Clear Paths for Students while also inspiring other college’s advising departments to follow suit. I have big plans for the upcoming year in SGA, and hope that you choose to make the College of Engineering Better with Bruce!
My name is Alexander East. I am a freshman from Guntersville, Alabama pursuing a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in biology. On campus I am an active member with The Kappa Sigma fraternity, Chi Alpha student ministry, Kappa Sigma Business club, and the UA Honors College. I am running for senate because I want to make the college of engineering more accessible and inclusive for all students, to make sure we maintain all our current amenities, and to provide more career opportunities and job clarity to engineering students. One thing that I would attempt to accomplish in office if elected would be to bring more business involvement. That means bringing large scale demonstrations, showcases, and interpersonal connection opportunities with engineering companies in an effort to get students more job offers and a better idea of what they may want to do. It would also include getting more co-op opportunities for engineering students, especially more for niche majors with less chances currently. I would also look to instate a weekly workshop or similar opportunity for students to learn about what major within the engineering college they may be interested in, and to also allow them to learn more about what types of jobs and skills that those majors may lead to, and to bring more attention to the Multicultural Engineering Program. I hope you will choose to #ElevateWithEast on March 8th!
My name is Sofia Estela, I am a sophomore from Olney, Maryland. I am pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a minor in general business with hopes of going into construction superintending upon graduation. I am presently involved with the Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Kappa here on campus and within that organization hold a position working the logistics of recruitment. I am running for the College of Engineering Senate as a way to increase my on campus involvement and to become further connected to my student body peers who are also embarking on degrees in the various engineering disciplines. I hope to be given the opportunity bring a fresh perspective to the COE senate and to provide insights and ideas to help the college of engineering stand out and grow/maintain an exemplary reputation here on campus. My goals upon my election would be to encourage more involvement of engineering students in SGA, and to make it easier for those uninvolved to be informed and connected to others within the college, as well as to serve as a role model and guide for young women already in or looking to go into any engineering based disciplines. I hope to be able to make positive and long-lasting contributions to the COE community and the Student Government Association as a whole by primarily focusing on making it earlier for the student body to get their voice heard and to see the changes that they are helping to make. As a senator for the College of Engineering I would make it my top priority to listen to the student body and to act on the changes that need to be made not only in the COE specifically but throughout the University of Alabama as a whole. Roll Tide!
I’m Jacob, and I’m a Computer Science student from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I’m running for senate because through my time in First Year Council, I got to experience firsthand how incompetent this organization is.
80% of the legislation passed through SGA has little to no effect for the average student. Legislation which does have the ability to make change is instantly shot down by the machine’s puppets with no prior debate. I’m sick of it, and I want to be as big of an annoyance to them as they are to our university’s students.
I’ll make sure that the senate never unanimously passes anything for as long as I’m senator. I’ll make sure that no bill gets passed without proper debate. I’ll make sure that you know exactly who is and who isn’t on your side by requesting roll call votes for every single motion.
They want to treat SGA like a social club that they can put on their resume. I want them to have to put in effort.
My name is Grant Ingram, and I intend to run for senate in order to represent my fellow students of the college of engineering.
My name is Ryan LaJoye, and I’m a sophomore from Mascoutah, Illinois, majoring in civil engineering. I’m honored to announce my campaign in serving as your next College of Engineering senator. In my two years here I’ve been able to experience all the opportunities this university has to offer. As a senator, the academic and overall success of my peers is a top priority and something that will remain in my focus. I aim to make this a reality by first making it easier for students to attend classes by offering a hybrid option to all classes, preventing overflow and missed classes. Additionally, the mental health of my fellow peers is at the forefront of my campaign, which I plan to implement a conjoined day off by the college, in which students can use to maintain a strong mental wellbeing. Finally, standardization of testing between the varying sections of a course, is an issue I feel strongly about in order to fairly assess every student. As senator I will lead with integrity representing the College of Engineering and the Capstone as a whole. Roll Tide!
I am Kiley Price, a freshmen Civil and Environmental Engineering student here at the University and I am running to be a Senator for the College of Engineering. I am involved in engineering professional societies and honors college programs. I am running for Senate as a representative of the College of Engineering to aid and benefit the students of the College of Engineering. Being a senator allows me to use the position to improve student life within the College of Engineering for not only myself, but other engineering students. As a senator I want to be able to expand resources for professional development and the career center. I am currently living on campus, and plan to stay on campus as a representative for the on-campus community.
My name is Jack Rudder, and I am a freshman from Saint Louis, Missouri majoring in mechanical engineering. Currently, I am a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I would love to have the opportunity to further my involvement in the College of Engineering here at UA via serving fellow engineering students as a senator in SGA. Firstly, I believe that the experience of all engineering students here at UA would benefit from improved communications between faculty and students. I’d like to address this by requiring that professors notify students throughout the semester of any notable curriculum or scheduling changes. Second, I would like to improve networking amongst engineering students by SGA sponsored events for the College of Engineering. Finally, I’d like to develop an online forum where engineering students can voice their concerns to me and other engineering senators so that we can have collaborative discussions about change. I believe that the more frequent discussion between a senator and his/her constituents, the better the representation will be. With these three points of focus, I hope to cultivate a stronger connection between student government and the College of Engineering. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Bryant Segars and I would love to be able to help this University by being a part of the Senate. I would love to be able to work with the engineering college to make campus safer, more accessible, and raise awareness about mental health.
My name is William Calvin Wilbanks. I am a Freshman from Birmingham, Alabama. I am pursuing an Aerospace engineering degree at UA. I chose Aerospace engineering because I have always been very interested in space. As a child, I wanted to become an astronaut just as many other children did. But early on I determined that becoming an astronaut would be too physically demanding, so I decided to go the academic route. If I could not go to space I would find a way to get my name there. I am a part of the UA Honor Society, I am a SAE active member, I am currently going to many AIAA meetings, and I hope to join some sort of design team in the future. I am running because I want to help make UA a better place for all students. A place where everyone can have a safe place to make friends and to complete their studies. I plan to use my influence as a Senator to make this UA possible. No one should feel that UA is not the place for them.