2019-2020 SGA Executive Candidates:
My name is Harrison Adams, and I am excited to announce my candidacy for President of the Student Government Association here at The University of Alabama. I am a junior from Selma, Alabama studying Economics and Finance, and I have been involved in many campus organizations such as Capstone Men and Women and the University Fellows Experience. I have also served in SGA as a First Year Councilor, Senator, and am currently your Vice President of External Affairs. I take pride in conducting myself with a servant-leadership attitude in all of my academic and extracurricular activities. Throughout all my experiences at the Capstone, I gained the knowledge, expertise, network, and proven record to be a successful student body president. As President I will strive to represent the interests of students from all backgrounds to further enhance student experience and provide resources to any student in need. Our campus community can only be enhanced if all voices are being heard so that issues affecting everyone can be solved. I will enact initiatives that give opportunities to all students to improve their overall experience at UA by continuing to make changes to the Academic Calendar to lengthen Thanksgiving Break and with initiatives such as the Trial Parking Program. Furthermore, Health and Wellness of students is often overlooked and I will provide imperative programs to combat this issue by adding an online counseling center to ensure students have the help they need when they need it, as well as the addition of an Emergency Preparedness Program for incoming freshman. I have been blessed to serve you in SGA for three years, and I hope to be able to continue to serve in the capacity of SGA President. I am a leader that wants to be your voice to advocate for your needs, and most importantly I am a friend that is Here for You.
am Marquis Hollingsworth, a junior from Homewood, AL, studying General Business here at The Capstone. During my time at UA, I have had the privilege to hold many leadership positions while working with an incredible, diverse and service-oriented group of people – all of which have afforded me countless opportunities that have inspired me to continue to grow as an individual and alongside this University. Some of these honors and responsibilities have included being a senator for the Culverhouse College of Business and leading creation efforts for the Business school, working as a Freshman Forum intern, and leading the Drumline section of the Million Dollar Band. I have also spent two years as an Avanti and Student Coordinator for our orientation team, and I am a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity on campus. All of these experiences have helped shape me into who I am today, and because of them and all who have been involved along the way, it is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for the position of SGA President at The University of Alabama. I am choosing to run because, among other things, I believe in giving back through service and the importance of every voice on campus. During my time as a student at UA, I have been exposed to countless groups of people, each of which bring something unique to the table. It is with this mindset that I will create a campaign that will value Safety, Service, and Social Reliability. These things will be representative of my 3 campaign pillars: Public Health and Safety, Transparency of SGA and Improved Student Life. These ideals will promote SGA motto, Students Serving Students and foster active inclusion and developmental efforts while ultimately upholding the Capstone Creed at all costs. By the end of this campaign, it is my goal to prove to the UA community that we are all worth it, and that this place means more than anywhere else, because it is made up of all of us.
I am running for Executive Vice President of the SGA because I want to finish the work I started one year ago when I announced my candidacy for Vice President of Student Affairs. Since then, my team has accomplished a lot and I am proud of our work. As your VPSA, I worked hard to make life as student easier, safer, more inclusive, and fun. We set and accomplished ambitious goals including Parking with a Purpose, a new program where students can devote time to community service to pay off a parking ticket. I instituted the first-annual 3 Days of Health to spread awareness about our physical, mental, and emotional health. I am also proud to say that I oversaw the most organized, efficient and fair Student Organized Seating process to date. Then, and now, I’ve run a campaign and administration of ideas. Here’s the main idea. I love and revere the rich and proud history of The University of Alabama, and I am determined to take our best traditions into the future. But with all respect, we do not need to build a bridge to the past, we need to build a bridge to the future, and that is what I commit to you to do. As Vice President, I want to bring just as much passion for serving students as I did during my time as VPSA. My administration will focus intently on three areas that are important to all of us: Student Experience, Mental Health, and Affordability. I believe in an SGA that is functional and credible enough to create the change that we all seek. I ask that you join me in building a bridge to a better future where all students can thrive on a campus they are involved in and love forever.
My name is Alexandra Sample, and I am pleased to announce my campaign for a second term as Executive Secretary for the Student Government Association. I am a junior here at the Capstone, majoring in public health. Before serving as Executive Secretary, I worked as a communications assistant to the VP of External Affairs and Executive Director of Engagement within the SGA. Over the next year, I want to focus my cabinet on accountability, applications, and alumni. By bettering communication and increasing transparency, I will take proactive steps to ensure all students who want access to their SGA will have access. Additionally, I want to rework and reorganize the general record keeping for directorship applications. We can improve this process by analyzing the hierarchical structures of current cabinet positions and creating a standardized rubric for on-campus interviews. Lastly, by updating and assembling information to improve the Alumni Database from a record-keeping standpoint, we will be able to effectively communicate with our SGA Alumni. In coordination with other executive officers, I will use these better alumni relationships to increase SGA’s need-based scholarship funds for the students on our campus. Ultimately, I will make SGA run in the most efficient and organized manner so that we are able to serve the student body to the best of our ability. I am very proud of the Student Government Association’s accomplishments, and I hope that I can be a part of making a lasting difference during my second term.
My name is Allison Bailey and I am thrilled to have the privilege of running for the office of Vice President of Academic Affairs. I am currently a sophomore pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a concentration in healthcare management. I have a strong background in academics, leadership and service. This past year, I have had the honor of serving as a Senator representing the Capstone College of Nursing. Serving in this capacity has provided me with the knowledge, experience, and passion necessary to be an accurate representation of the University of Alabama student body.
I plan on implementing initiatives that will benefit all students at the Capstone, and continue to move the University culture in the direction of unity and respect. As a senator, I worked tirelessly on various projects and initiatives, including an act to develop the SAFE Center Committee within the SGA, a committee I am hoping to further develop as Vice President of Academic Affairs. If elected, I will work to raise funds and awareness for the study abroad program on campus. This will result in numerous workshops to introduce the new Study Abroad Portal which recently launched in order to allow students and parents to request that certain classes taken abroad be transferred as UA credit.
I plan to increase the communication around academic resources on campus, as well as the supply of resources available through the SGA office. I will work hand in hand with the Career Center in order to establish a mentorship program for students experiencing difficulty in their academics specific to their college.
These are just a few areas toward which I aim to focus my energy and time over the next year. Most importantly, I want my campaign to be focused on and surrounded with everyday students. If elected I will work to provide each and every one of us with several opportunities that will enhance and further our educational experience here at UA. I hope you will join me in this journey, and choose to Achieve with Allison on March 7th.
I am Demarcus Joiner, a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering and I am running for Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I am currently actively involved in the Student Government Association as a Senator for the College of Engineering. I am also the Second Vice President for the Kappa Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I am also actively involved in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program and the National Society of Black Engineers.
The University of Alabama is more than an educational institution for students; it is a second home and an opportunity to grow. Growing up in a rural town in Alabama, each person felt included despite their background, race, or social status and this is the sense of community that I plan on fostering here at The Capstone. Running for Vice President for DEI is more than a goal, but it is an opportunity that I will take seriously because it is my goal to make sure that each student has the same opportunity as their counterparts.
If elected, I want to give students the opportunity to dream. I plan on creating an Innovation Competition, which will afford students the opportunity to apply to become a recipient of a grant that will help their dream for a diverse program come to life. I am a firm believer that people act a certain way because they have not been educated on the subject. Therefore, I plan on creating a DEI Certificate Program that will educate students on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion through forums and a speaker series. Finally, I plan on implementing many programs that will reward students for their inclusive behaviors. There will also be a council created for members of different organization leaders to discuss the needs of their community.
As an advocate for the students at The University of Alabama, I will use my term solely to serve the students of the Capstone through enhancing the inclusive community using divergent thinking, educating our campus, and implementing programs to make our campus more diverse, equal, and inclusive.
My name is Brooks Payne, and I would like to formally announce my candidacy to be The University of Alabama’s next SGA Vice President for External Affairs. I am determined to establish change both within SGA and in the community to make 2019 the best that it can be. My past SGA experience as a current Senator and past FYC President has prepared me for the office of External Vice President. My strong campus, community and political relationships with elected officials and administration, consistent teamwork with all the current SGA Executive Council members and my extensive leadership skills sets me up for the transition from Senator to VPEA. I work best when implementing programs and this position would give me the opportunity to plan and coordinate events on and off campus that will not only benefit the university this upcoming year, but will have long-term sustainability for years to come through the addition of lighting on and off campus as well as the installment of additional blue safety lights and the expansion of action card services I will diligently organize, implement and oversee the following initiatives designated by the office and look forward to creating and executing the new programs also highlighted above. Together we can work to make UA the best it can be.
My name is Hunter Scott, a sophomore from Birmingham, AL, studying Biology and Psychology on the Pre-Medical track. I am announcing my candidacy for Vice President of Financial Affairs to continue advancing the SGA mission of Students Serving Students.
In my freshman year, I served as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee on SGA’s First Year Council. This sophomore year, I represented the College of Arts and Sciences in Senate, where I also served as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In addition, I represented Senate on the Financial Affairs Committee, where I reviewed student organization funding requests. As Vice President of Financial Affairs, I will uphold the SGA’s stringent financial standards.
A key element of my platform will be renewing SGA’s commitment to funding student organizations. I plan to hold a student organization funding informational meeting at the beginning of each semester detailing the process of applying for SGA funds. I will simplify the funding guidelines for student organizations by entirely rewriting the requirements using clear, easy to understand language. The revised funding guidelines will address common mistakes and questions by student organizations when they apply for SGA funding.
I also plan to fund and empower First Year Council to continue instrumenting change on campus. I will devote my time and resources toward assisting First Year Councilors with navigating SGA’s complex finance rules and funding their projects.
I will also redevelop a financial literacy program for incoming freshman by holding a Bama Budget series twice per semester where finance-related majors may answer common freshman financial questions.
To grow the SGA Need-Based Scholarship Fund, I will incentivize donations by holding Greek Point donation campaigns, tabling events, and percentage nights at unique locations in Tuscaloosa.
I also plan to reallocate parts of unused SGA supported funds and launch a support fund for struggling student-employees requiring financial assistance.
Hello! My name is John Martin Weed, and I am incredibly excited to be running for Vice President of Financial Affairs. I’ve spent the past year representing the College of Arts and Sciences in the SGA Senate. With an annual operating budget of over half a million dollars, I believe that our Student Government Association has a transformative potential for benefiting student life here at the Capstone. Allow me to share three pillars of a new and reinvigorated SGA with you:
First, unconditional servant leadership to the student body ought to be the norm, because to embody the SGAs motto of “students serving students” requires nothing less. Through its self-authorized payscale, the SGA currently spends over $30,000 annually on paying its own members. While I have the utmost respect for the dedicated public servants in our SGA, I believe it is time to consider the impact these funds could be having in the lives of students on campus.
Second, the ideal Student Government Association maintains proactive and consistent contact with students on campus. Instead of waiting for organizations and students to request something from the SGA, members of the SGA ought to proactively ask the student body how our funds should be spent rather than assuming that we can truly represent their needs without dialogue. Instead of the SGA’s outreach being focused on the initiatives that the SGA chooses that are too often divorced from student suggestions, priority should be given to seeking out and listening to the concerns of students on campus.
Third, if you choose me for Vice President of Financial Affairs, I pledge to maintain constant financial transparency of the SGA’s budget to the website. After all, the SGA’s funds should be in the hands of students, and any student at any time should be able to access all records of the SGA online without going through a member of the SGA.
Thank you for taking the time to read my statement of intent and please remember on March 7th that #WeNeedWeed
Throughout my term in Senate, I have learned many lessons from leaders in SGA and students at UA. I have worked hard to make The University of Alabama a better place for students, and I will not stop there. I am running for The Vice President for Student Affairs to create a better environment for our students and provide more resources around campus
I will work tirelessly to improve my Three Days of Health program to reach more of the UA community, as well as partner with more organizations on campus to expand our demographics and target new audiences.
I will continue to work with The University of Alabama Police Department with my Safety Act to ensure that students on our campus are trained in self-defense and prepared for active shooter scenarios.
I have passed a resolution in Senate for an SGA town hall system. This town hall communication system will provide students with an opportunity to vocally express their concerns directly to their college’s senators, guaranteeing that we can make the changes the people want to see as their elected representatives.
Another part of my platform includes introducing a new partnership with an online parking service to allow a more efficient parking system at the Recreation Center.
I also wish to tremendously upgrade our food pantry. By working with the West Alabama Food Bank to help ensure our food pantry does not become depleted, I believe we can allow twenty-four hour access, seven days of the week to a fully stocked pantry for those students in need.
Our students work exceptionally hard in academics to make the Dean’s List and President’s List. I want to further reward these hard-working students with Dean’s and President’s List dinners with discounted meals at local restaurants. Students will simply show any of these establishments they made either list in the previous semester and will this be rewarded for their achievement.
With my leadership, drive and experience I can ensure that I will be the best Vice President for Student Affairs. Thank you, and Roll With Rothfarb!