2018-2019 Graduate School Senate Candidates:
I am a graduate student in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department. I am running because I enjoy being able to work for students and help make the school better. I enjoyed being on Senate this past year and have been on Senate as an undergraduate student and also served as Chief of Staff during my undergraduate education. I also serve as a Graduate Student Representative with the Graduate Student Association. I want to help make sure the concerns of graduate students are included in the SGA and that legislation passed will benefit students at the university.
I, Rebecca Rose Lutonsky, do seek the office of Graduate School Senator. I wish to represent the graduate students’ needs at this great institution, The University of Alabama, to the best of my ability. I wish to further graduate needs for GTA and GRA stipend increases, clear and simple residency requirements. I think that the degree from The University of Alabama that each graduate student will hopefully receive will be made much more valuable by extending the rights of graduate students as mentioned above. It is also important that graduate students have an open forum and clearinghouse to express their opinions and needs to their senators. I will be available via email and at graduate functions to hear requests of graduate students and represent them to the Student Government Association and to the student body at large. I will let the administration also know our aspirations, so that they can optimistically be met. I also believe in working with undergraduate senators and students so that there will be strength in numbers at the negotiating table and more collective bargaining through our collective voice can be realized.
My name is Colby L. Murray. I’m a 2015 graduate of The University of Alabama and a current Masters of Public Administration candidate. I’m running to represent the Graduate School in the SGA Senate. My hometown of Cullman is a unique one. But like many small towns across the country, it was a community where neighbors took care of neighbors. Thanks to my upbringing, I believe that simply sharing a common environment with someone else is enough of a reason to authentically care about them and be there for them in times of need. I believe our community here on campus ought to be no different. I’m running to represent graduate students in the SGA senate because we must be there for one another. If elected, I will use my position to listen to and address your needs. I will use the authority and resources of our student government to improve campus and enhance student well being — for all students — not just some. Thanks to my unique background, I have the institutional insight, focus, and experience that it takes to execute the responsibilities of this office with distinction and vigor: My role as Chief of Staff for the Education Policy Center here on campus continually equips me with the executive, administrative, and legislative acumen necessary to be an unmistakably effective senator. I humbly ask all graduate students for their vote. Together, we can create a campus community where neighbors help neighbors and students serve students.