SGA Elections

2013 SGA Elections [Info Regarding Graduate Students]:

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DEBATE LINK:

http://new.livestream.com/louisvillesga/events/1846167/videos/10944700

GRADUATE STUDENT FOCUSED QUESTIONS:

http://uoflsga.org/documents/about/elections/Graduate%20Student%20Focused%20Questions.pdf

FOR MORE SGA ELECTION INFORMATION:

http://www.uoflsga.org/about/elections

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

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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.