2018-2019 College of Engineering Senate Candidates:
I am Thomas Barnett, from Mobile, AL, and I am honored to be running to represent my fellow students as the College of Engineering senator. I am a member of the STEM to the MBA program, so I interact with people of all different types of engineering majors, giving me the ability to understand a wider audience. I want to be able to give these people a voice, so that we can create a stronger campus together.
I am Paul Bremer, from Centreville, Virginia and I am a Junior here at UA. I was a freshman adviser last year in Ridgecrest East and I have been a member of the engineering fraternity, Theta Tau, since Fall of 2016. I am running to give a voice to, and advocate for, engineering students and to make a positive impact in the UA community. If elected, I would like to create a more inclusive environment for all engineering students. I would also like to streamline the engineering advising process, including more available hours and access to advisers. Lastly, I would like to connect with more engineering students on campus and pass legislation based on their thoughts and issues on campus.
I am running for re-election as an SGA College of Engineering Senator so that I may open as many doors as possible for my fellow students. I pledge to continue working to increase involvement of engineering students within the many organizations on campus SGA encompasses in order to ensure our voice is heard. Furthermore, Engineering student organizations need to be allocated funding through the Financial Affairs Committee now more than ever, and I will fight for increased funding to our organizations. If re-elected, I plan to continue work to increase communications between SGA and the student body. I want voters to have adequate information on how to plug in to what SGA is doing for them and allow students to offer feedback that will then be given to the proper SGA official. I also plan to work to increase opportunities for assistance with coursework through the College of Engineering so that each student may thrive during their time here at the Capstone. Thank you and Roll Tide!
I, Demarcus Joiner, a civil engineering major in the college of engineering am pleased to announce my campaign for the college of engineering senate for 2018-2019. As the college of engineering continues to evolve at an exponential rate, the leadership representing it should also be changing at an equal rate. Thus, if elected, my time, talent and treasure will be centralized on engaging with leadership on the student and administrative level to promote representation of the concerns of engineering students on all campus issues, ensuring student success through student town hall listening sessions to address student concerns and helping to expand opportunities for experience in student areas of interest. We are more than just engineers; we are leaders for America’s future. So, vote for Demarcus Joiner on March 6, 2018 from 7 AM to 7 PM. JOINer is standing with YOU!
My name is Grant McAllister, an electric engineering major from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and I want to be your Senator for the College of Engineering. In this role, I would be able to educate students on existing resources and how to use them, improve the resources that are already in place and even provide students with new resources so they can benefit academically and socially, especially with networking opportunities. One of our greatest resources at the University is the ENGenuity Lab. The ENGenuity Lab is open from 10 AM to 10 PM everyday, providing tutors in most of the classes that every Engineering student has to take and a few that are specialized to certain majors. However, we can do better. Currently, the lab is mainly used by freshmen because most of the tutors help with basic Math and Engineering classes that every Engineering student takes their freshman year. Once you get past Freshman year, tutors in Engineering specializations become rare. Also, even though the ENGenuity Lab is open at 10 AM every day, the first tutor doesn’t get there until 3pm. I would like to increase the number and variety of tutors that are available throughout the day. I believe that a focus on the College of Engineering as a whole, not just on freshmen classes, would be very beneficial to anyone pursuing an Engineering Degree at the University of Alabama, and this would be my focus as your Senator.
I am Mike Nazario a Jr in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently in my 3rd Co-op term with Mercedes-Benz and am on the Theta Tau Executive Council as the House Manager. I want to work with the University to bring on more professors so there are no more 300 person classes. It does not give the teachers the ability to work with students to make sure they learn the material and it overloads them with paper work and grading giving them even less time to spend on students. I specifically want to make sure the upper level classes have enough teachers, this is supposed to be material that defines our majors and launch us into our careers.
My name is Daniel Propp. I am a sophomore from Louisville, KY, studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. I currently serve as an ambassador for UA Greek Ambassadors, the Public Relations Chair for the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, a mentor in the Young Men’s Leadership Program, and a leader for the Cru Freshman Community Group. I am running for The College of Engineering SGA Senate Position because the engineering college means so much to me. As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up watching my dad do what he loved as an engineer. I always knew engineering was what I wanted to study. As I began to apply for schools, I was able to receive a partial scholarship to attend UA, however, the college of engineering came in and offered a scholarship that covered the remaining sum of my yearly tuition. I am beyond grateful for what this college has offered me in my time here and I believe it is my responsibility to give back to the professors and students who make up the college of engineering. My experience thus far as an engineering student has been nothing but remarkable and I plan on continuing this tradition of excellence with our students and professors.
I, Lance Michael Rodriguez, am running for Student Government Senate for the College of Engineering. I am a freshman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana studying Aerospace Engineering. I understand the lasting impact the Student Government Association can have on this university and its students, and I want to ensure that impact is positive. The University of Alabama should provide a safe environment for all students to pursue their future goals and SGA should be the catalyst to making this a reality. I strongly support this ideal and want to do everything in my power to preserve it. I believe all my peers should have a voice in the SGA and desire to make decisions that take into account their voice. I see myself as the person to hear the voice of the students because I will listen to issues and, in turn, propose solutions.
My name is Charles Owen Schreiber and I’m from Tuscaloosa, AL majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I work with Al’s Pals and look forward to getting more involved with the College of Engineering this semester and in the future. Growing up in Tuscaloosa I have had friends going to this University for a few years. I have heard the reasons why they love this University as well as what they think could be improved. Now that I have had the opportunity to experience the Capstone for myself I feel called to action. The SGA presents a great avenue to improve the lives of people in the College of Engineering, but only if our senators make the effort required to fulfill their obligations. As a senator I would work diligently to establish and maintain relationships with all organizational leaders within the CoE and speak to as many students as possible. By incorporating the ideas of students, we can bring the representative back to representative democracy. As for the most pressing issue I can see currently, the unnecessary bureaucratic burden imposed by the SOURCE on student registered organizations causes confusion and impedes the engagement of our students. As a senator I would work to reform this system in a way that considers as many perspectives as possible so that real, positive impact can be achieved for my peers.
My name is Caroline Stallings. I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major on the STEM path to MBA. On campus, I serve as a sorority delegate for the Be Positive Foundation and have held various sorority leadership positions. I own and operate my own jewelry company. Through these endeavors I have become an effective communicator and experienced leader. I am seeking this senate position because I know I can transform a great program into the best program. I hope to contribute to the growth of the college of engineering through several different paths. A large factor in building this program is increasing the number of women. My goal is to bridge the gap between the 75/25 male/female demographic of the college of engineering, inspiring more young women to pursue an engineering degree. To recruit both male and female students, I will implement more community outreach programs in which UA students will visit surrounding high schools and share their experiences in this major. I plan to create an online resource in which professors seeking research assistants can connect with students. This way, students can gain hands-on experience to help them be successful in future jobs. As your senator, I will work to ensure every engineering student has a positive experience at the University of Alabama and is prepared to be successful in their careers. Together, we can grow the college of engineering into one of the best in the country. I would love to represent you as we achieve this.
I am a mechanical engineer on the STEM path to the MBA. I am involved in the Honors college, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Crimson Startup, College Republicans, and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. I am running for the college of engineering senate to be able make a difference for the student body and to bring my experience to the table. As a high school student who was involved with student government in highscool, and a college student currently in programs for the schools of engineering and business, I believe that I am affected by the student government in many ways and can become an important member of the senate. In addition, my experiences with academic clubs and interest-based extra-curriculars have allowed me to understand the student body. With this position, I intend to expand networking opportunities for students and incorporate better student-professor relationships. This will result in better student opportunities and help build resumés, preparing them for post-collegiate opportunities.