The Fall 2017 Senate Elections are from 10/2 – 10/4, please vote on your MyUCF account.
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|College||First Name||Last Name||Platform|
|Arts and Humanities||Emilia||Kosonen||
|Arts and Humanities||Antione||Fields||
I would like to improve the funding structure of student government so that more RSO’s will be able to receive funding. Another goal is to have a more informed student body within the College of Business, opening the door for students to communicate with the legislative branch and resolve student concerns. Lastly I’d like to increase the transparency of student government.
I would begin by bringing a refreshing sense of authenticity to the senate floor. I am passionate about Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as the people who bring it to campus. As a senator, I would like to challenge the status quo and bring sustainable endeavors to the COBA. Working on the FAO committee showed me the possibilities of funding I could get for my college as well as others by implementing a cross-curricular strategy to bring the most to campus in the most effective manner.
As a senator for the College of Education and Human Performance I plan to be a true representative for the interests of the students, not only in my college, but also throughout the campus. I hope to be a factor that provides students with the best experience possible while they attend UCF. This includes meeting face to face with organizations and students that I represent, and supporting as many of their events and academic endeavors as possible. I hope to make it so that every student can feel comfortable coming to a senator here at UCF with any question they may have about SGA or the funding process.
I would to focus on increased communication between the Senators and those we represent, the CECS students and Registered Student Organizations. I’d like to increase amount of funding that goes to these organizations for projects, professional development events, and conferences through working closely with their leadership. I understand how much these contribute to offers for internships to full time job offers and I would like to give my fellow students every opportunity they can get to land their dream job.
|Engineering||Daniel||McLean||No platform provided.|
Improve the student experience and participation of the students within the College of Engineering and Computer Science by focusing on issues that prevent the flourishing of the students within the college, and inherently the college itself.
Ensure that direct connect schools to UCF adequately cover the material necessary to allow students to smoothly transition to continuing their education at UCF.
Priorities as a Senator:
General Student Body:
College of Engineering and Computer Science:
Make more space for students to study in the Engineering Buildings
Keep Innovation Labs available and functional for the students.
Support clubs and organizations
My platform is based on an issue that has been worsening throughout the past few semesters; limited office space for RSO’s in the college. Working with SPECS, I will try to help gain more office work space for the RSO’s. This will make it fair for all RSO’s and allow everyone to have their own space to meet/work, whether its shared or not. I would like to push for an additional room or separate building, similar to the T.I. Innovation Lab, to be put in a place as a main or secondary option for RSO’s/individual students.
Vote for Emmanuel Gabriel-Ohanu: The Knight Identity
I aim to support and propose the creation of pertinent legislation that will embody the opinions of the students by efficiently utilizing in person and online senate forums. Develop means of integrating students to further participate on campus and maximize student participation and representation in the senate. This is a campus wide initiative, focused on development of the university through the students by creating an individual platform for UCF knights to develop the university Educational Reform My educational plan for UCF Knights is to ensure you receive a quality education and graduate in time with accumulating excess fees. Creating and enhancing the current structure of education will improve grades of students through the multiplicity of attempts, therefore allowing several attempts over a period of time for course work Student Accessibility Services Making UCF a more accessible campus to remove the barrier and further incorporate and encourage the participation of persons with disabilities in the UCF community RSO Collaboration and Funding I would propose that a substantial amount of the Senate Working Fund be allocated to student and RSO endeavors such as research, projects and events that will put the University of the map of educational innovation and excellence and encourage the collaboration of Organizations. Creating Professional Opportunity through Career Services
As senator I would help verify that student funds are being used properly as well as representing the students as best I can. Including this representation is lobbying for offices for students to use in the engineering building to be returned to their previous use.
I am Rasika Rajapakshage 4th year PHD student in the Department of Mathematics, currently I am working as a Graduate Research Assistant in Mathematics Department. I’m an international graduate student from Sri Lanka which is a small island in the Indian Ocean. If I’m elected as a senate representative, I think I will be representing many categories; International student community/Graduate student community/Graduate Teaching Assistant community. According to my knowledge, above categories represent small communities but they are rarely contact with student government. As a senator I want to be their voice. I would like to bring their ideas and innovation to the platform of student government.
I would like to bring more attention to the graduate students and be a voice to those pursuing higher studies. My goal is to unite these students under GSA and assist with any way that would involve those who are not heard.
I am Kiana Terrell, a graduate student currently pursuing my Master’s of Health Administration. My ultimate goal is to represent graduate students at an University level, seeing that we as graduate students often get looked over when it comes to decisions that effect us. I want to be of help to my fellow graduate students.
|Health & Public Affairs||Samantha||Wong||
After being in COHPA for a year now, I understand the perspective of a Health and Public Affairs student. There are aspects to our college that can be improved to create a more cultivated and engaging environment for students. Although there are many advisors in COHPA, they don’t fit every students’ career needs. One of my initiatives is starting a mentorship program. This program would bring employees with the jobs that students are looking to start a career in. By paring these volunteers with students, we can help students foster earnest relationships that will bring clarity to their future career paths. This initiative can be used for every major in COHPA, and would be well received by students. With this senate seat I will ensure that the students in the College of Health and Public Affairs are well represented, and in turn, student’s will have an enhanced college experience.
|Health & Public Affairs||Joshua||Grossman||
|Health & Public Affairs||Brett||Goldberg||
|Health & Public Affairs||Sierra||Scott||
|Health & Public Affairs||Rick||Schoppe||
|Health & Public Affairs||Kirk||Dourvetakis||No platform provided.|
|Health & Public Affairs||Brittney||Cooper||
As a passionate academic scholar, I believe that education is a tool to transcend any adversity and truly make an impact on the world. Any position that would allow me to advocate and plan around that premise is more than ideal. This is what attracted me to the Student Government Senate. If I were to be elected a senator, my first and foremost is to advocate for the needs and concerns not the College of Health and Public Affairs, but the entire UCF student body. Another goal of mine is to promote diversity and inclusion within senate, as better represent students of all backgrounds and demographics. As well as, educated RSO’s on how to attain and maintain proper funding through Student Government. Lastly, to ensure that all funds are being allocated correctly to all UCF agencies and departments.
|Health & Public Affairs||Cole||Simon||
|Health & Public Affairs||Austen||Hopson||
|Health & Public Affairs||Scott||Gerstel||
I began my senate career in the summer of 2016. Since then I have advocated for my fellow students in the following ways:
I hope to continue to represent my students the best I can. Here are the college specific initiatives I would like to accomplish for this senate session:
|Health & Public Affairs||Keshawn||Jones||
I have been with COHPA since I started my tenure at UCF. One of the main goals is to work to try to get more people in the college internships before graduating. Many people in COHPA are Health Administration majors and with that major, there is a requirement of at least one internship before graduating. The business side of the healthcare field is very competitive; to give my fellow knights a competitive advantage, more internships are essential. Another huge goal is to bridge the gap between the Senate at UCF and RSO’s at UCF. Many of the RSO’s at UCF who are made up of minorities, struggle to get funding for events and other important RSO activities and that should not be the case. My goal is to inform and educate these RSO’s about their rights when it comes to getting funding and the necessary steps to take. I have seen RSO’s set many people up with great job opportunities and life opportunities and it would be a shame for many more people to miss out because of funding. RSO’s are such a huge part of UCF and I believe everyone should have their fair share of funding.
If I was elected Senator for the College of Medicine, I would push for initiatives that benefit students, such as: a doctor shadowing system through UCF, more internship opportunities, and more pre-health events. Within the College of Medicine, I intend on working with our Dean to provide students with shadowing opportunities with local doctors through a UCF affiliated shadowing system. Second, I am determined to work with our Dean to create more internships with UCF associated doctors, providing students with fundamental experiences for medical and graduate school. Third, I would ensure more events with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising for students to be better informed regarding medical school applications and building resumes. As a Senator in the College of Medicine, I would fight for our voices to be heard, and for us to gain as much experience within the medical field as possible while here at UCF.
If I were elected as senator for the college of medicine, one of the initiatives I would like to implement would be to create a website on what is expected by medical school administrator’s boards of what they look for in an application. I feel this that this website should be geared toward freshmen and sophomores to allow them to help understand the process and thus help them choose what classes to take, where to volunteer, where to work, etc. to better their odds or appealing to an admissions board.
As a UCF nursing senator, I would like to create a place in the nursing school where students can print for free, up to 100 slides of paper per week. As a tour guide, I often notice there are hardly any recycling bins on our path. I would also like to try and more to the campus to make it easier for students to recycle without going out of their way. It would be an amazing opportunity to represent the UCF College of Nursing on the 50th student body senate.
As a Senator for the UCF College of Nursing, I would look forward to sitting in on important decision making for our university. It is to my understanding that the College of Nursing has been without Senate representation for some time. I would be honored to fill this position and start making a difference in the College of Nursing and our outstanding university. Some ideas or initiatives I would like to put in place as Senate include free printing in the college of nursing and providing a shuttle service that runs to the College of Nursing from surrounding off-campus housing communities.
|Optics and Photonics||OPEN SEAT|
Transparency between SGA, Students, and RSO’s concerning the process of funding. Online postings of dates by which funding requests must be placed, for easier access. More face to face interaction in the process of financial training to aid with possible questions to limit sanctions and reversions. Open line of communication between my college, The College of Sciences, and myself to serve as a more impartial senator to truly achieve the needs and desires of my college. More social media interaction between senators and their college as this is the most efficient form of polling for issues we should be addressing. To strive for the well-being of students not only in the College of Sciences but throughout the University of Central Florida. I wish to campaign for ALL college seats within senate to be filled. Empty seats reflect students who are not being adequately represented.
Boasting one of the largest Colleges within the University of Central Florida, I would like to break up the College of Sciences in to two separate Colleges: College of Social Sciences and College of Life Sciences to allow greater access to advisors and in turn increase the success rate within my college. Additionally, I intend to speak for the Advocacy of our students with the COSAS through sitting on the Student Body Advocacy Committee within Senate. I believe that every student that faces adversity has the right and should have the access to express his or her concerns to the proper entities so a remedy may be issued.
Hi, my name is Ari Bell and I am running for a position in Senate, because I see the importance in representing the needs and wants displayed by my fellow students in the College of Sciences. If elected by the student body I would push for new initiatives that would aid in adjusting freshman in the College of Sciences to the campus, their rigorous class loads, and any other needs that may arise. In addition, I pledge that I will devote all the necessary time and effort that is needed to fully carry out my potential duties as a senator. I find that it is of the utmost importance that every student in the College of Sciences knows who their representatives in Senate are. In order that they can voice their opinions to the those who can make a change. However, to accomplish this goal I am to create a system for those students to easily contact potentially me or any other senators.
I promise to be an active voice for the students in my college and continue to help them in any way that I can.
I think I would be a great addition to the Senate because my fresh ideas coming from the perspective of a freshman would help out a lot. With being the future of the school starting now would be the best thing not only for me but for the past, present, and future UCF students.
If elected to the senate I will make sure to represent every single student on campus regardless of race, gender, status or sexual orientation. Transparency, ethics and communication are personal values I plan to bring to our SGA Senate. Making sure that ROS and students have adequate funding for activities and trips will be my priority. Being a sustainable small business owner will help me bring a new point of view to our senate. Naples in SW Florida is my hometown where I grew up. The Everglades is about 40 minutes from my home town and that’s why I’m a strong proponent of sustainably. An important goal of mine would be to make sure that restaurants on campus move toward compostable silverware, plates and cups. Along with making sure that all recyclables are adequately recycled. I’m thankful to be a part of UCF and Go Knights!
As a third year Hospitality Management student I have a great passion for representing students and making sure they know that SGA is here for them. If elected, my top three initiatives are finding a safer alternative to the crosswalk on Universal Blvd which connects to the Publix Center, monitoring the progress on the changes to the student lounge, and finally researching if bus departure times can be changed to help more students.
With a major in the Rosen College and a minor in the College of Business, the main initiative I would like to put in place as a senator would be to make main campus students and Rosen students more integrated. As a Rosen major, I am contacted almost daily about internships, meet and greets, and expos that pertain to the hospitality industry. If information about these events were given on a broader scale, I believe many students would take the opportunity to attend even if they are not necessarily in the Rosen College, but are interested in the hospitality/entertainment industry. As most of these networking events occur on the Rosen campus, it would allow main campus students to be introduced not only to the Rosen campus, but many Rosen Students as well, encouraging a stronger relationship to form between the Rosen Campus and the Main campus.
From my experience with SGA, there are many things that can be changed in order to better serve students: