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2013 SGA Elections [Info Regarding Graduate Students]:

 
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2013 SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES GRADUATE STUDENT FOCUSED QUESTIONS:
The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order by their last name. 
Each had the opportunity to answer the three questions in whichever way 
they decided. Please read their responses below.  
– Chief Justice Brandon McReynolds 
 
Jeremy Bozarth 
If you were seated in front of an audience of graduate students right now, what 
would you say to assure them you would be the best candidate to represent and 
serve them?  
    As a Speed School Student, I've already experienced the stresses of Graduate School 
courses having taken 500 level courses over the past year.  Many of my friends have 
transitioned into Grad Student status and I've seen how their needs changed from more 
social programming to assisstance with research or getting funding for conferences.  In 
the Fall my boyfriend will be starting in the Business school's MBA program, which I 
believe will give me a better understanding of graduate student needs from a different 
academic standpoint.  Having been connected to Grad Students since my Sophomore 
year, I feel I can better relate to Graduate and Proffesional students and will work 
towards making sure that SGA is all inclusive - and if you ever have an issue I am one 
email or phone call away! 
To those not in graduate school, the programmatic structure and culture of 
graduate education is often difficult to understand (which means the needs of 
students in those programs can often be misunderstood). What would you do as 
SGA President to learn more about this constituency and their needs? 
First I believe it is important to create strong connections with the Presidents of each 
Graduate and Proffesional council.  Since those individuals have been elected to 
represent this demographic, I feel they would have a strong grasp of what their students 
need and can help me to better understand what is most important to this group.  When I 
was the Director of Student Affairs for Speed School Council, it was my duty to host 
forums to get student input on issues affecting student life (a big one that year was the 
required table PC program).  I've always felt this is a great way to get multiple student 
input and it makes me available for in-person contact with students.  I would like to 
continue that idea and would love to have outreach forums on all three UofL 
campuses.  Finally, as I learn from other Graduate students, I will be going through the 
process myself as I take a few of my required courses for my Graduate degree starting 
next year.  
Beyond the general benefits that "all" students receive through university 
improvements, please detail how you believe any aspects of your current platform 
may specifically affect graduate students at the university.  
My main focus as President next year is to increase awareness and involvement of 
students with SGA and begin work on the Student 21st century plan.  Although the 
student 2020 plan has been great in getting goals accomplished over multiple SGA 
administrations, some of the remaining objectives in the plan are outdated and it doesn't 
really incorporate many goals to improve the graduate student experience.  I would like 
to include Graduate students in the decision making of the student 21st century plan and 
make sure that you are not forgotten.   
My Services Vice President, Morgan Jenny, is very concerned with safety and food 
services (along with many other aspects under SVP).  As she works toward a safety path 
on Belknap campus, we have discussed reviewing the HSC and Shelby campus to see 
what safety concerns there are and what we can do to fix them.   
Morgan Cooksey, the Cardinal Revolution Executive Vice President Candidate, is 
interested in developing better relations with the Graduate councils in Senate.  Often 
there seems to be a conflict in Senate between undergraduate and graduate councils and 
we want to work towards a solidarity in the councils. 
Please check out our page on Facebook, Cardinal Revolution 2013, and see what we are 
all about! 
 
AJ Bucci 
1.) If you were seated in front of an audience of graduate students right now, what 
would you say to assure them you would be the best candidate to represent and 
serve them? 
While in the past the focus of many of the campaigns have been on undergraduate student 
issues, the future SGA president must not forget that he or she is representing the 
ENTIRE student body. As your SGA presidential candidate, I want to ensure that your 
voice is heard. Whether it be research resources or any other service you require, I want 
to make sure that all of your needs are met on an efficient and effective level. In my 
mind, no issue should go unnoticed. If you see an area that needs change, I plan to step in 
and help you improve it. 
2.) To those not in graduate school, the programmatic structure and culture of 
graduate education is often difficult to understand (which means the needs of 
students in those programs can often be misunderstood). What would you do as 
SGA President to learn more about this constituency and their needs? 
To make sure that no graduate issues go unnoticed, I would appoint a liaison in my 
cabinet from graduate school so I have a primary source to vocalize any issues or 
suggestions you may have. Personally, I want to be very hands-on with all student related 
topics, but by creating a position with the sole purpose of focusing on graduate students 
issues, we can create a more effective system to make sure that your voice is heard. 
3.) Beyond the general benefits that "all" students receive through university 
improvements, please detail how you believe any aspects of your current platform 
may specifically affect graduate students at the university. 
·         My team intends to F.L.I.P the script of SGA by implementing a Fresh perspective, 
establishing goal-oriented Leadership, encouraging Innovation, and expressing our 
Passion for UofL and for its students. If given the opportunity to serve as the voice of the 
student body, I will take time to sit down with the graduate student liaison to create a list 
of problem areas that are of concern to the grad student population. From there I will 
create a task force to help formulate answers to those problems. I can assure you that my 
time in office will not be spent as a "resume builder." I want ALL students to be fairly 
represented, because when iLeadLou, no voice will be unheard. 
 
 
Carrie Mattingly 
If you were seated in front of an audience of graduate students right now, what 
would you say to assure them you would be the best candidate to represent and 
serve them?  
• First of all, I would say that I have a partial understanding of all of the things 
graduate students have going on, including work, teaching, marriage, and 
children, on top of all your research and course work. 
• I admit that I only partially understand the circumstances of graduate students, 
because it is impossible to attempt to relate to something that I have never 
experienced myself. 
• I would like to assure graduate students of my strong belief in discourse.  Each 
graduate discipline has unique needs and concerns. As SGA President, I would 
make a special effort to go to graduate students instead of asking them to always 
come to me. I would like to attend Graduate School Council meetings periodically 
to report on the status of my initiatives and to find out if I am missing anything 
from the graduate point of view.  
• I think that I am the best candidate to represent graduate students, because I 
acknowledge the effort that must be put in to make graduate students feel like true 
members of SGA along with the undergraduate population. I would like to 
explore ways, potentially bringing back a longer SGA retreat in the fall, to enable 
all members of the Senate (undergraduate and graduate) to get to know one 
another outside of a strictly business setting. I believe that greater mutual 
understanding of each others’ circumstances will allow for more equitable 
discourse on controversial issues, such as funding, that have historically divided 
undergraduates and graduates. 
To those not in graduate school, the programmatic structure and culture of 
graduate education is often difficult to understand (which means the needs of 
students in those programs can often be misunderstood). What would you do as 
SGA President to learn more about this constituency and their needs?  
• As I stated above, I recognized that I must go to graduate students. In the past, I 
know that SGA leaders, including myself, have assumed that graduate students 
would come to them with issues or concerns. However, this is not always likely 
given the challenges graduates face at a more developed stage in adulthood. 
• I am aware that graduate students recently met with the 21st Century University 
consultant, Scott Nostalgia. I am interested in getting feedback from that meetings 
in order to hear the frustrations the graduate students cited firsthand in that 
meeting. 
• As SGA President, I would always ensure that graduates are equitably represented 
in my committee appointments. Since the graduate experience is so unique, I 
believe that graduates should also be able to tell me which committees are most 
applicable to them. If elected, I plan to send a full list of my committee 
appointment opportunities, with additions to the list as I receive them, to the full 
Senate so that senators can respond with the committees that interest them. In this 
way, senators could also forward the list to their councils to generate more interest 
in committee service outside the Senate. 
Beyond the general benefits that "all" students receive through university 
improvements, please detail how you believe any aspects of your current platform 
may specifically affect graduate students at the university.  
• As SGA President, I would like to look at the SGA budget as a whole, with the 
additional $400,000 for next year, and identify strategic ways to make sure those 
dollars are going the farthest to help students. It has been brought to my attention 
that departments and other university entities have significantly cut funding in 
recent years for Graduate Assistant programs and Doctoral Fellowships. I believe 
that if we are striving to be a premiere metropolitan research university, these are 
some of the last programs that should be cut from budgets in difficult times. I 
would like to look at SGA funds as a potential way to support such programs, 
which could in turn show the university that they are a top priority of students. 
Generally, I am interested in supporting the growth of graduate programs in 
whatever ways possible through SGA. 
• I am also aware that graduate students in some departments, along with 
commuters, do not have adequate meeting or congregation space on campus. I 
would like to work with the EVP to utilize any spaces on campus that are not 
being put to effective use in order to give the graduate population somewhere to 
go or to meet. Additional meeting space in the recreation center could provide 
opportunities to address this space issue. 
Overall, I would like to assure graduate students that these values and plans are ones that 
I will hold to if elected. As a student here, SGA has been my passion, and I plan on doing 
whatever possible to make it accessible to ALL students, including groups like graduates 
who have been marginalized in the past. If you have any suggestions that should be added 
to these platform ideas, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, and I humbly ask for 
your vote this February 11-14. 
Carrie Mattingly 
Candidate for SGA President 
CardForce Slate 
Carrie.Mattingly@louisville.edu 
 
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GSC Executive Board Elections

The GSC will elect the Executive Board for the 2013-2014 school year at the Open Meeting on April 17th on the Health Sciences Campus. As per our Constitution, the GSC Executive Council positions are as follows:

ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION

The GSC Executive Council shall consist of five officers: President, Vice President, Information Chair, Treasurer, and Travel Administrator. In addition there shall be two Senators Proxy. All officers shall serve as Senators of the SGA Student Senate and shall attend, in person or via proxy, all SGA Senate meetings.

a.  The duties of the President shall be as follows:

i.   To serve as the official spokesperson and a primary means of contact for the GSC.

ii.  To schedule, preside, or appoint someone to preside over all GSC meetings.

iii. To deliver a report on the activity of the GSC to the SGA when directed to do so.

iv.  To act as liaison between the GSC and the University Administration.

v.   To act as Controller of the Budget and as Signatory.

vi.  To appoint Senators and their proxies when needed.

vii. To prepare the annual budget in conjunction with and for review by the Executive Council no more than two weeks prior to the budget deadline of the SGA.

viii. To serve as the GSC's representative on the Graduate Council.

b.   If the President is unable to fulfill his or her duties, the Vice-President shall act as President until such time as the President can resume his or her duties, or a new election may be held to replace the President.

c.   The duties of the Vice President shall be as follows:

i.    To assume the duties of the President when necessary.

ii.   To assist with the planning of the meeting agendas of the GSC.

iii.  To keep the agendas, minutes, and attendance records of all official GSC meetings.

iv.   To assist with the preparation of the annual budget.

v.    To ensure that all current committees, both internal and external, have any needed resources.

vi.   To ensure that all current committees, both internal and external, are properly staffed.

vii.  To serve as chair of the Constitution and Elections committee of the GSC.

d.   The duties of the Information Chair shall be as follows:

i.    To establish a means of communication with the representatives on the GSC.

ii.   To serve as the Webmaster of the GSC.

iii.  To maintain an e-mail list for the GSC.

iv.   To publish the GSC newsletter when necessary

e.   The duties of the Treasurer shall be as follows:

i.    To serve as chief accountant of the GSC budget, to prepare monthly reports, and to keep records of all expenditures.

ii.   To administer all aspects of the budget and to serve as a representative of the President as signatory on T-forms, purchase order forms, etc.

iii.  To assist with the preparation of the annual GSC budget.

iv.   To serve as chair of the GSC Events Committee.

v.    To assist the Travel Administrator with the travel award program.

f.    The duties of the Travel Administrator shall be as follows:

i.    To administer the travel award program.

ii.   To assist the Treasurer on other budget items as necessary.

g.   The Senators Proxy shall assume duties as needed by the GSC including but not limited to serving as proxies for the executive officers when necessary as well as attending Executive Council meetings when appropriate.

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