2018-2019 College of Commerce Senate Candidates:
Hello, my name is Katherine Arrington, I am a freshman from Dallas, Texas, and I am announcing my candidacy for the Culverhouse College of Commerce Senate. As a member of First Year Council and an involved member of Greek life, bringing positive change to the University of Alabama is something that I strive to do daily. This year our council has already worked to remove Styrofoam cups from sorority houses, an accomplishment that will help better our campus for years to come. We have also worked to raise awareness of heart health and inform students more of sexual assaults on campus, as well as many more things. If elected as a member of Senate representing the business school, my pledge to you is to listen to your concerns and continue to work to better this campus for all students.
I, Grace Burnett, am excited to declare my candidacy for the Student Government Association’s Senate as a representative of the Culverhouse College of Commerce. After leaving Fort Worth, Texas to begin my freshmen year of college this past fall, The University of Alabama truly has become my home away from home. Since becoming a student, my goal has been to be actively involved and constantly contributing to the successful legacy and growth of the University. To achieve this goal, I have challenged myself to become a better student and leader. A disciplined work ethic, determination to succeed, and a readiness to resolve each obstacle presented to me have allowed me to thrive at UA. I believe this dedication to leadership and growth has prepared me to represent UA at a higher level. I am seeking a position in the Senate because I want to work with other students to improve the experience that everyone at the Capstone has. I will bring initiatives to improve transportation on campus, to better acknowledge community service opportunities both on and off campus, and to introduce new methods to bring awareness to safety and health. It is my primary goal to accurately and effectively represent the needs of the student body in the SGA Senate. I will be sure to serve the SGA and all my fellow students with loyalty, respect, and a commitment to excellence. I am very grateful and extremely excited to have the opportunity to earn your vote.
My name is Sarah Boudoin and I intend to run for senator of SGA representing The Culverhouse College of Commerce. I am currently a Senator for the Student Government Association and would like to run for re-election. Currently, I am a sophomore majoring in finance and economics and intend to partake in the University Scholars program. On campus, I am involved with UA’s Greek life, the honors college, and The Business Honors Program. Through my commitments, I have refined leadership skills and learned the importance of being a team player. I am an incredibly dedicated and hardworking person and I intend to put forth my best effort to make changes and grant new opportunities for Culverhouse students. Within my past term, I worked on pursuing efforts towards improving the relationships between students and faculty, as well as increase the transparency of student organizations in the business school. I achieved those goals through the “Sophomore Launch Week”. I would like to continue pursuing those efforts and build upon my original idea, branching out to other students in Culverhouse to better represent the whole college. Specifically, I would like to grow the “Sophomore Launch Week” into a bigger event that encompasses opportunities for students other than sophomores. I would be humbled to continue to be the voice of Culverhouse and I would be honored to represent my fellow peers as a Senator of SGA. I will work endlessly to ensure that the students of Culverhouse are well represented, as they are our future business men and women. I know my ideas will be successful in days to come.
Hello! I am Royce Dickerson from the ATL majoring in Marketing and Management. I have had the privilege of attending this incredible university and I’m running for senate to serve and be a voice for every student. Join me and Roll with Royce.
March 6 Financial Disclosure
My name is Carter Helm, and I hope to be your next SGA Senator in the Culverhouse College of Commerce. My mission is to be an accessible and empathetic connection between the students of Culverhouse and the SGA. I have loved my experience here at The Capstone and would jump at the opportunity to contribute and improve our college as one of its representatives. I’m a sophomore from Chattanooga, TN, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and am a member of the RUF Campus Ministry, the Honors College, the Business Honors Program, and Alpha Tau Omega.
My name is Marquis Hollingsworth, and I would like to formally announce my candidacy for the Spring 2018 Senate election. I will be running for Culverhouse College of Commerce on the platform of bridging the gap between students and administration. I am a sophomore here at the Capstone and love this place as much as I do my own home. I’ve done many things on campus, such as serving as an Avanti Orientation Leader, becoming a Student Coordinator for the Office of Orientation and Special Programs, playing in the Million Dollar Band, and interning as a Freshman Forum leader. We have some exciting things coming to the Culverhouse College of Commerce, and I would love to be one of the voices for the students in this regard. When building and renovating, administration may not always know what we as a student body would love in a work space; I want to be the person to speak for the students. Let’s really start to push Culverhouse to new heights and build an insurmountable amount of bridges along the way. Connections help us grow, and I would love to be the person to bring those to fruition.
Hi everyone, I’m an out of state freshman from Nashville, Tennessee associated with Phi Kappa Tau, majoring in Business Management. I have always had a passion for helping those around me, from working with special needs students after school to advocating for policy reform in local government. For me, Senate is where I can put these skills to work for UA students. Earlier this school year, I used my experience as an EMT to form Crimson Rescue, a student safety organization dedicated to protecting students on campus; which is one step closer to my goal of a student-centered approach to safety. I strongly feel that student organizations are vital to the University’s exchange of ideas. Paperwork should never slow these fast moving groups from doing what they do best! That’s why we need to streamline organization hurdles and tear down the obstacles that these organization have to deal with. Money, money, money: when it comes down to it, the Student government is run on dollars and cents. I know it’s not the sexiest topic but the campus is growing faster than Student Government can handle. We rely on a lot of student government services, like free tutoring, that are spread thin. That is why is I will fight to expand the budget of the Student government to keep, example, and create programs that make being a part of the Crimson Tide even better!
I am Mitchell McCandless, an economics major who currently is a member of the IFC community outreach and well-being committee as well as a member of Al’s Pals and Be positive. I am running because I feel I represent the college of commerce in a strong manor, I have a strong voice that demands to be heard and will use it to help me win this election and better our campus.
March 6 Financial Disclosure
My name is Bennett McGehee, and I would like to be one of your Culverhouse Senators in the 2018-2019 term. I am currently a Sophomore at The University of Alabama, and I have previously worked in the Student Government Association as an Engagement Ambassador, whose job is to market SGA and its affiliated initiatives to students and to serve as a liaison between the SGA and student organizations. I want to translate this experience into a senatorial role by encouraging SGA to continue working on bridging the gap of accountability between the student body and its governing body by pursuing more lines of open communication. I am also running because I want to see an improvement in the health and safety of our campus. Contraceptives and birth control can be difficult to access, and crime on and off campus has not been substantially addressed, so my platform addresses these issues as well. My time in Culverhouse and in the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity has given me the opportunity to hear what business majors would like to see done on campus. I have heard many complaints about the lack of updates that Culverhouse facilities have received. As the university looks to break ground on new business facilities, I also want to begin allocating money to update existing Culverhouse facilities. I believe in the importance of an active and transparent SGA, and I hope that I may serve in a role that will be beneficial to the student body.
My name is Michael Smith and I am an Economics student here at the University of Alabama. I currently serve as a Senator representing the business school in the Student Government Association Senate, and I am seeking re-election. While I worked diligently this term, authoring the most legislation of any Senator, I believe our Student Government still has much work to do. As a second-term Senator, the three main issues that I would continue pushing for are: -Adopting free, online “open textbooks” in lecture hall-type classes by applying for grants from groups like OpenStax, Rice University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. -Generating partnerships between the University and the Alabama Department of Health to provide free screens for STDs/STIs, as opposed to the current $250 tests offered at the Student Health Center. -Establishing a Director of Labor Affairs as a full Cabinet-level position in the SGA Executive Branch to serve as a liaison and advocate for student workers off and on campus. I hope to have your support!
As I look back on my first semester here at the Capstone, I am truly amazed at the many accomplishments and amenities that this University possesses. The University of Alabama has always been an important part of not only my life, but my family’s life as well. As the third member of my immediate family to attend the Capstone, I have gained a sense of passion and familiarity that has allowed me to truly call this place home. But what about those students that are struggling to find their sense of home here at the Capstone? From a student’s involvement to their well-being, I desire for every person on this campus to find their home here at University of Alabama. Like all things, The University of Alabama has room for improvement, and I feel an obligation to make sure that those improvements take place, so everyone can find their home here at the Capstone. Therefore, I, Tommy Marlowe, am announcing my intent to run for Senate at The University of Alabama.
I, Trinidad Miller, am honored to announce my candidacy for the SGA Senate to represent the College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama. Throughout my life and during my time here at the Capstone, I have developed a deep love for our university, our campus, and our students. I am passionate about ensuring every voice is heard and represented in our Student Government Association. I will work to bridge the gap between SGA and the student body. I will ensure transparency on my votes and will always remain available to discuss needs and issues with all students. If elected, I commit to serve all students here at the Capstone to enhance their learning experience, to help them achieve their goals, and to help make this university their home. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and the Culverhouse College of Commerce. I’m humbly asking you to join me and vote to #WinWithTrin on March 6 on MyBama.
I am Logan Sheaffer, a freshman here at the University of Alabama. I had a great first semester here in Tuscaloosa and I was able to meet so many new faces and friends as well as staying on top of my academics and making the President’s List. I joined a fraternity and even joined the Real Estate Club, a passion of mine. I am running for Senate to further my involvement in making the campus greater than we have today. Coming from one of the largest schools in Alabama I was always seen as one who had the ability to communicate with many. My involvement in various clubs and two varsity sports made me appreciate the value of being a part of a team. Without the help of others, you cannot be successful in achieving a common goal. I would push for and make sure that the senate works as one and not as individuals, which would improve the experience of many here at the Capstone. I am level-headed, easy to talk to, and a great listener as well as have the ability to persuade and evaluate various circumstances. I look forward to launching my campaign for Senate and I will do so by showing the importance of teamwork.
I am a Freshman in the College of Commerce majoring in General Business with a minor in Public Relations. I am a member of Chi-Omega Fraternity with which I volunteer at Make-A-Wish Foundation and Boys and Girls Club. I also participate in Campus Crusaders (CRU). I am interested in running for SGA senator because I want to be involved with the student body. The organizations I am currently involved with provide interaction with many groups, but I want to actively engage with the entire student body. If elected, I aim to act in the best interest of the entire student body and maintain the friendly atmosphere that engulfs the University. I believe in trust and kindness. I will act with these virtues while representing the University.
I, Andrew Sudol, hereby state my intent to run for the 2018 Commerce Senate at The University of Alabama. I want to be able to positively affect this campus, specifically the Culverhouse College of Commerce, through multiple avenues to ensure that our students are having well-rounded and fulfilling college experiences. Reflecting on my time here at the Capstone, I am truly blessed to have been a part of a variety of impactful organizations. These organizations have shaped my college career for the better. One of the causes in which I will invest my time and dedicate myself to will be mental health awareness on campus. The University of Alabama has made great strides in the last decade to make known the importance of mental health, but we are far from reaching the finish line. I will work with the Student Health Center, current administration, and organizations on campus to ensure that the right amount of time and resources are put into one of the biggest challenges on our campus. I am also looking forward to advancing sustainability on the University of Alabama’s campus through new initiatives like the Crimson Climate Campaign. Through partnership with administration, student organizations, and community members I hope to commit the Capstone to a sustainable future. Finally, I believe that an extension of the Bruno Business library’s hours would be a huge benefit to serving the business information needs of the students and faculty of the Culverhouse College of Commerce.
My name is Max Tajmir, and I am a junior double majoring in Finance and Economics. The University of Alabama, and The Culverhouse College of Commerce, have given me the knowledge, opportunities, and values in which I seek to build my life upon. Serving Alabama’s top rated business school would be a true honor, due in part to its multifarious approach to business education, the continuous pursuit of excellence, exemplified within all aspects of the Culverhouse community, and the countless opportunities available therein. My willingness to advocate for each student, and my passion for this college and each student’s experience qualifies me for this position. My goal as a senator of The Culverhouse College of Commerce is rooted within the word union. I plan to increase transparency of the opportunities available within Culverhouse as much as possible, and deliver those same opportunities and experiences to the masses, advocating for better connectivity within the college. I will do this by implementing effective social media platforms to better connect students with internships, graduate programs, and invaluable business contacts. Let our voices be louder as one, our time to impact Culverhouse has only just begun.
My name is Daniel Walsh and I am announcing my candidacy for the position of SGA Senator in the Culverhouse College of Commerce. I am a Freshman majoring in Business Management with a specialization in Marketing. I achieved Dean’s list this past semester and I am an active member of Delta Tau Delta, in which I serve on the recruitment and the social committees. I am running for this position because I believe I would be an effective liaison between the Culverhouse students and the University. Being approachable is a critical quality a representative in the Senate should possess, and this is one of the characteristics that I exemplify. I am motivated to listen and act upon students’ needs such as increased library hours and tutor availability. Promoting internship opportunities within Culverhouse by providing more events such as career fairs and the Sophomore LAUNCH are resources I would continue to support to help students prosper after college. I believe I would be a good candidate due to my willingness to speak up and voice my opinion. I am open-minded and proactive in achieving my goals. Overall, I am running for this position to help give back to the students of the University because I believe I would be a valuable resource to the Student Government Association and help them better our campus.