president

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Samuel Graska
Sgraska@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 3:30pm–6:00pm

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 9:00am–2:00pm

 

No one person is able to meet the needs of all of those living in the world today, however that never was the plan. Our job is to reach those people that surround us, meet their needs, address their concerns and be a voice for those who don’t have one; then they move on to the edges of the earth. Here you have created a system that starts at one point, and never stops growing. One after another a life is touched at all corners of the world in all aspects of life and it’s because it all started at one point. One decision that was set in motion. As executive director and student body president I want nothing more than to better serve my fellow students at Kent State University, while looking in the University’s best interest so that Kent State doesn’t become something that once was, or was once talked about, or was once praised for all of the great and wonderful things it has accomplished, but so that it will always be. And so that it is a University that people can find their identity in as students, so that they can go out and make their own impression on the world. So that wherever these students may go after graduation, they have branded Kent State University along the way. It’s time the students found the pride that resonates in the blue and gold, and feels the passion of the bonds that are built here. I want to bring them inclusion like they have never seen, market and promote Kent State so that little kids in Ohio and nation-wide can one day grow up wearing blue and gold football helmets dreaming of being a Kent State Golden Flash.


Director of Academic Affairs

Natalia Roman
nromanal@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 1:00pm–5:30pm

Tuesday: 2:00pm–5:30pm

Wednesday: 4:00pm–5:00pm 

Friday: 1:00pm–2:00pm

 

My name is Natalia Román Alicea and I am currently a senior majoring in Communication Studies at Kent State University. After graduating as president of the Student Council and valedictorian from high school, I moved to Kent, Ohio from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in August of 2013 to follow my dreams of pursuing a college degree in the United States. Ever since, I have been committed to student leadership at Kent State University through roles such as former President of the Spanish and Latino Student Association, vice chair for the Student Diversity Action Council, Student Ambassador for the College of Communication and Information, and Senator-At-Large for USG, in which position I chaired the International Student Affairs Advisory Committee.

As a scholar, I hold membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Pi Eta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement, Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, among others. I also conducted research for a grant funded, culturally sensitive research initiative for Latino middle and high school students and am now working on my senior honors thesis regarding career socialization of Latina college students as part of my participation in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program.

As Director of Academic Affairs, my goals for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows: 

  • Explore areas of improvement with academic departments for course evaluations, advising, and additional academic opportunities such as undergraduate research.
  • Advocate for faculty trainings in academic departments regarding diversity and cultural competence training as well as modified Green Dot training for sexual harassment in classrooms and/or required face-to-face Step Up Speak Out review.
  • Ensure students are aware and taking advantage of the following academic programs through a simplified, all-in-one informational campaign:
    • University College Academic Success Center: provides free academic support and personal development services to all undergraduate students through University Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Study Skills tutoring, and Academic Coaching.
    • University College TRIO programs: provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, research opportunities, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention of historically underrepresented students.
    • Honors College: provides an enriched educational experience for academically motivated and talented students at Kent State University through learning opportunities in and out of the classroom with mentoring professors.
    • College of Arts and Sciences’ Office of International Programs and Education Abroad: provides students wanting a global academic perspective, regardless of their college affiliation, study abroad funding opportunities for Florence, Geneva, Poland, Greece, Germany, Cuba, Salamanca, among others.
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: which students from all departments can receive credit for under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 


Director of Business and Finance

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Andrew Pieri
apieri@kent.edu 

Office Hours:

Monday: 1:00pm–5:00pm

Wednesday/Friday: 12:00pm–5:00pm

 

As Director of Business and Finance I will:

  • Make the Allocations process as transparent as possible to the student/organization applying.
  • Create the Allocations Calendar.
  • Market the opportunities offered by allocations more effectively so it impacts a wider range of students/organizations.

Director of Communication

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Nathan LaChance
nlachanc@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 8:45am–9:45am, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Tuesday/Thursday: 1:15pm–2:15pm

Friday: by appointment

 

My three goals for the 2016–2017 school year is as follows:

  • Increase communication and efficiency within the directors: Make sure emails are sent out weekly including all events that are happening, answer all questions and use Google Docs to make sure everyone has access to any information that they may need. Work smarter not harder.
  • Increase communication and transparency between USG and the student population: Maximize potential of Twitter and Instagram, join all the Class of ___ pages, answer DM’s, and just stay up to date on events that happen on a weekly basis around campus.
  • Collaborate with more student organizations and promote our own events: Make sure any and all student organizations have equal representation and publicity shared for events, and advertise events that USG programming office brings to campus.

Director of Community Affairs

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Collin Czehut
cczehut@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 12:00pm–3:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday: 2:00pm–3:30pm

Friday: by appointment

 

My first main goal is to create a greater connection with the city of Kent and the Students. We do not have a good representation and I want to change that. Second, I want to work close with Todd K. Todd and I can work on creating a safer Kent State. Lastly, I would like to see a more diverse community at all our meetings and on campus. It seems to me some students are afraid to come around since they are a minority. I don't want that in Kent. Can't wait to work with the board this year.


Director of Governmental Affairs

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Keri Richmond
Krichmo4@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 9:00am–12:00pm by appointment

 

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • Ensure student’s voices are heard on legislation affecting us as students and young adults
  • Strengthen and utilize the relationship with our state and federal representatives to stay on top of new legislative issues and notify students of these issues through a monthly newsletter for undergraduate students
  • Create a simple and comprehensive voter’s guide. This guide will break down how to register for in state and out of state students. It will include important registration deadlines and polling places near Kent
  • Work with political organizations on and off campus to provide trustworthy voter registration for students
  • Provide mock voting polls and voting walkthroughs on campus leading up to elections to show students how it’s set-up and ease their mind about voting.
  • Diligently move to bring state and federal candidates to Kent State University to present their platforms
  • Host debate watch parties followed by an open discussion and panels who can assist students in understanding and discussing issues prominent to the election
  • Create a student’s guide to the presidential election highlighting the issues that will affect us as students

Director of Programming

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Clifford Glowacki
Cglowack@kent.edu 

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 10:00am–3:00pm

Friday: by appointment

 

As Director of Programming I plan to do three things:

  • Bring a diverse genre of artists to Kent State
  • Bring and sponsor a TED conference
  • Connect our programming with the city of Kent to create better communication and interaction between communities.

I have a few other, smaller, goals, but I think these three encompass my overall goal to bring meaningful programming to Kent State that will encourage musical and cultural education among students.


Director of Student Advancement

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Ariella Yager
Ayager3@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 9:00am–5:00pm

Tuesday/Thursday: 2:00pm–3:00pm 

Friday: 9:00am–2:00pm

 

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • Educate the Center for Student Involvement on what the All University Hearing Board is and the resources it can provide to students and student organizations
    • End goal is to have them refer student organizations to us instead of sending them to mediation and/or give them the option of mediation and university hearing board.
  • Work with Director of Student Involvement to implement student organization training to teach current and future student organizations the following:
    • Resources on campus to help succeed including:
      • SG Allocations Board
      • USG Judicial Advocate Program
    • So they can educate all the members in their organization:
      • ll University Hearing Board
      • How to schedule and book rooms
      • What is CSI
      • Marketing and flashperks
      • Budgeting and banking
    • Introduce them to faculty they do not know who would be good connections
    • Any rules and/or regulations that are necessary for them to succeed
  • Retain a minimum of 10 fully trained judicial advocates that do not include USG members
  • Have 3/4 th’s of the students who go through Student Conduct Court use a judicial advocate.

Director of Student Involvement

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Olivia Mullen
Omullen@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am–5:00pm

 

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

STUDENT LEADER LUNCHEONS

  • Meeting with Dr. Little May 2nd
  • Combining and collaborating with CSI
  • Possible push to have repeat allocations organizations required to attend
  • Done every full month of school

OLLABORATION WITH COMMUNICATIONS AND KSUIF

  • Using KSUIF to shoot informative videos about USG we can post to social media
    • Can highlight things, and give recaps of things we have been doing
    • Also gets a huge student org involved with USG
  • Help KSUIF market their independent films

TUDENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Comprised of 4-5 other students and myself
  • Objective: go to student org meetings and present a powerpoint about USG and be able to answer questions
  • Talk about importance of minutes, if not already taken for commuter students

OLLEGE SENATOR COMMUNICATION

  • Senators required to send me a list of events going on in the college bi-weekly
  • Update me the status of the bulletin boards in their respected colleges

SG TABLES FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH

  • Must be manned by Student involvement committee and myself and any other member of the board
  • Will be giving out t-shirts to any student wearing any other collegiate apparel on blue and gold friday
  • Also used to showcase what we have going on (ex: concerts, events, openings)

SG DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Once a semester, ALL MEMBERS will be required to participate (includes programming board, allocations, ect.)
  • Also works as an ice breaker
  • Open and all student orgs invited

SI ORG MEETING TIME BOOKLET

  • Make a booklet of all registered student orgs and their meeting times to be placed in CSI, PIA, and USG
  • Easier for students to find and attend meetings

Senator for the College of applied engineering, sustainability, and technology

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Cody Mehalic
Cmehali1@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00am–1:30pm

 

As Senator of the CAEST, first and foremost I would like to continue establishing connections with the Alumni of our college. My goals from this are to open up more opportunities and resources for the students to pursue a career in their field of choice as knowing people already established in the field can significantly improve a student’s chances of finding a job after graduation. Second, I would like to start to get more people interested in our college especially, more specifically local schools around Kent State University, get them involved with things such as the Heritage Fair at the KSU Airport. Third, and most importantly, I want to hear from the students and get an idea of what they want done in this college. I would like to meet various students and organizations from the aeronautics, applied engineering, and construction management programs and get an idea of what they think could be improved.


Senator for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

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Zhamilya Suieubayeva
zsuieuba@kent.edu 

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 2:00pm–5:00pm

Thursday: 2:00pm–4:00pm

 

Being an international student at CAED helped me to understand the challenges of being an outsider. I had to learn how to adjust to the culture, academic life, and language, that is quite different than what I was used to in my home country.

Studying architecture, I encountered many challenges. The biggest one is a busy schedule. Intensive studying requires an enormous amount of time and energy, and students need to have the most convenient environment and support from the College and University Administration. And those problems apply to both domestic and international students. I believe that I can help all students by:

  • Attracting and engaging students with different backgrounds.
  • Creating a bridge between students and college administration. 
  • Become a voice of the student community. Bring their needs and suggestions to the attention of the college and USG.


Senator for the College of the arts

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Samantha Johnson
Sjohn147@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 2:30pm–5:00pm

 

I'm from a very small town just outside of Columbus. Kent State has given me the most incredible memories. I've studied abroad twice, I am a founding member of Phi Mu, I was an RA for two years and I am a member of the Honors College. I can only hope to give back to Kent after what it's given me. It's an honor to represent my college.

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • To better the relationship between the students within the schools. The schools within the College of the Arts are scattered across campus so it can be hard to meet other majors. My goal is to make it easier for students with different majors to meet other students. 
  • Along with my first goal I would like to strengthen the community of the College of the Arts. The College of the Arts has many showcases for students to display his or her talents. With a stronger community we could increase attendance and awareness for the College of the Arts and the events they hold. 
  • This goal is more of a personal goal. My goal for this USG position is to better myself as a Kent State Student. I would like to learn about my school and my college specifically. I would like to learn how I can improve the College of the Arts and help others within my college.

Senator for the College of arts and sciences

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Troy Kotsch
tkotsch@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 9:00am–12:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am–2:00pm

 

To put it simply, the arts and sciences prepare you for life. They encompass the broad intellectual fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics; laying a foundation for intellectual growth and development of skills that will apply to you no matter what your goals in life may be. In a world full of competition and brilliance, students truly need to give it their all to reach their dreams. As Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences here at Kent State University, I would listen to your ideas and strive to make them reality. The students here deserve to be treated fairly and receive the absolute best that there is to offer.

 My current goals are to: design a system that will help students overcome language barriers, further develop research programs for undergraduate students, address chemistry credit to work proportionality, and build upon peer-to-peer and alumni mentorship programs. By addressing these issues, I hope to push my fellow classmates towards their incredible futures, and provide opportunities for our student body to positively change the world.


Senator for the College of business administration

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Brian Brown
Bbrow116@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 4:00pm–5:30pm

Friday: 4:00pm–6:00pm

or by appointment

 

I have a few proposed goals. The main task I will focus on is creating a network that makes internship opportunities more accessible to the students of the College of Business Administration. Immediately after my freshmen year in college, I was blessed enough to have an internship opportunity. I know that everyone within my college wasn’t as lucky as I. Now that I am the Senator for the College of Business Administration I want to collaborated with local, state, and out of state businesses to build a relationship that will allow internships and coop opportunities. I plan on reaching out to businesses of all types so that every field is touched on and everyone can be in an environment that they actually want to be in. I plan on reaching out to everyone from banks to boutiques so that there is a wide range of options in term of what is available for the students of my college. I plan on implementing this system by:

  • Reaching out to businesses
    • I plan on emailing, calling and visiting (if need be) to discuss with businesses that there is a need for internship opportunities and explain to them how they could help. I will stress to them the positive impact that these opportunities will have on the students here at KSU.
  • Face-to-Face Meeting
    • The next step would be in-person meetings to discuss the details of internship opportunities. I will discuss things that I feel are very important in an internship such as tasks, duties, times, wage (because I feel that people work better when given wages) and so on. I want my students to be given opportunities that help them learn what their field will be like and if they really want to pursue it.
  • Creation of Coop Database
    • Assuming that all goes smoothly and these businesses are willing to comply with conditions certain they will then be added to the list. I want this list to have different categories for the different fields that students may want to go into.

This is not my only goal but this is the main one that I want to focus on. I feel that this will make for a good foundation for every other goal that I have and I feel that this will benefit a great number of people which is ultimately the goal for my term on USG.


Senator for the College of communication and information

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Nicholas Peters
Npeter10@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 2:00am–3:30pm

Wednesday: 11:00am–1:00pm

 

I am an Applied Communications major with minors in Public Relations and Photo Illustration. In addition to being the Senator for CCI, I am a member of the Honors College, Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma Sorority, PRSSA, and was an RA for a year. I am incredibly pleased and honored to be the representative for my college for this academic year.

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • Increase involvement in student media with students outside of the College of Communication Information.
  • Increase overall awareness of student media such as TV2 and BSR through broadcasting shows across different locations on campus.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni so that they can come back and mentor current students and help prepare them for their future careers.
  • Aid in the oversight of the redesigned School of Communication Studies in Taylor Hall.
  • Grant a way for students to access their respective buildings after hours so that they may continue to work on projects outside of traditional open hours.
  • Find a possible way for students with meal plan to get food on front campus.
  • Looking at the course rotation schedule and providing better communication to students about when certain classes will be available in order to get the most out of their education by taking classes they are particularly interested in.

Feel free to follow me social media:
Twitter: @NicholasPeters_
Instagram: @NickPeters14


Senator for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Kathryn North

Office Hours:

Monday–Friday: 4:30–6:00 by appointment


Senator for the College of nursing

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Melissa North
Mnorth3@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00am–12:00pm, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am–1:00pm

 

 

The College of Nursing at Kent State University is a hard and demanding program. The students connect with their clinical groups and the other students in their graduating class, but never have the opportunity to meet students in other clinical rotations. I think that nursing students need better opportunities to get involved, meet students, and connect with faculty outside of class. There are a few nursing student organizations currently available for nursing students to get involved with, but I would like to see them become bigger and better. I know my connection with nursing students further along in the program have helped me study and prepare for each clinical rotation and exam. I want to ensure that each nursing student has the same opportunity I have by bettering the nursing student organizations and potentially creating a mentorship program. 

Another idea I have is potentially creating a place pre-nursing students can go to get mentorship. Currently there is no living-learning community for pre-nursing or nursing students probably because of the intensity and competitive nature of the program. But, I think giving the pre-nursing and nursing students a place to meet to study and ask questions would drastically help increase the pre-nursing student’s GPA. 

I hope by being re-elected in this role as the Senator for the College of Nursing I will have the opportunity to better the student’s experience in the college. 

 


Senator for the College of public health

Brittany Johnson
Bjohn110@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 1:00pm–2:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am–11:00am, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Wednesday: 2:00pm–5:00pm 

Thursday: 11:30am–2:00pm

or by appointment

 

My name is Brittany Johnson and I am a Public Health major with a concentration in education, health and promotion. I am a Charter Member of the Phi Mu Fraternity on campus, I am also heavily involved with the Public Health Student Alliance, and Relay For Life. Myself, along with other students have started the first Peer Mentor Program for the College of Public Health, in which we will help first year students adjust to campus and the various Public Health Programs. My plans after graduation include going to graduate school to get a double Master's in Physician's Assistant and Public Health. One day I hope to be the best Pediatric Oncology Physician's Assistant!

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • To decrease the amount of online classes there are in the college of public health
  • Increase the communication and create activities and initiatives for the online students and lecture students so they can interact with one another
  • Continue to support and help organize the Tobacco Free campus campaign

 


SenAtor for Commuter and Off-Campus Students

Aron Gates

agates10@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:30am–12:30pm, 2:00pm–6:00pm

 

As Senator of Commuter and Off-Campus Students I plan on fulfilling all following parts of my platform:

  • Create a strong knit community of commuter students
  • Invigorate commuter participation in on-campus events
  • Create an emergency housing system for students unable to drive home
  • Incorporate a general kitchen for use by students in order to instill a sense of belonging and community
  • Create small nap stations available for resting and relaxing that commuter students otherwise would not achieve without going home
  • Include gas as a reward for FlashPerks, thus ensuring that commuter students gain an extra incentive to participate in activities and build a community
  • Create several long-lasting, permanent programs that especially commuter students may enjoy

Essentially, my position is to assure a community of commuter and off-campus students and an environment that procures influential relationships through which students may rely on in their proceeding lives.

About me: I am majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Information Security. I am heavily involved in technology competitions, startups, and anything software related - I plan on creating my own startup that encompasses health science and psychological studies with technology and software.

Additional contact information:

Twitter: @geczy

Instagram: @geczy

Snapchat: @geczy


Senator for the honors college

Kathleen Moorman
Kmoorma1@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm–1:00pm

 

As Senator of the Honors College, I would attempt to really focus in on the issues that affect honors students disproportionately as well as the issues that are key to an overall healthy university.

First, I believe that research opportunities ought to be at the forefront of the priorities of the Honors College. For many students in non-science majors, research seems to be a pipe dream, only available if you are lucky enough to have a good professor. I believe that this should change in order to maintain a truly competitive college for Kent’s most competitive students.

Second, I believe that embracing and acknowledging the academic accomplishments of peoples of all backgrounds is incredibly important in our search for a more diverse and welcoming Kent State. I believe that the Honors College should use its’ role as an academic, cross-disciplinary college to host speakers and writers of diverse backgrounds. Reading and talking about the academic findings of women and minorities is imperative in making sure that all students find Kent to be their academic home, regardless of background.

Third, I would like the Honors College to place more of an emphasis on career preparedness. While the honors thesis serves a great role in preparing many students for graduate programs, I believe that there are few honors-specific programs aimed at assisting students with career readiness. I think that ensuring that Kent’s honors students are the most hirable candidates for the job when they graduate is important in making sure that students are getting the education they deserve and in making Kent an academic powerhouse.

Lastly, I believe that the Honors College has programs that many students are not even aware of. Working to bridge the gap between the college and the students is incredibly important in ensuring that everyone is taking advantage of all that is offered to them. I aim to ensure that every student knows what is available to them, and that the lines of communication are truly open between the college and the students.


Senator for Residence Halls

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Dylan Oliver
doliver9@kent.edu

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday: 1:00pm–3:00pm

Tuesday: 12:00pm–2:00pm

 

My name is Dylan Oliver and I have the honor of serving as the Senator for the Residence Halls for the 2016-2017 school year. I am studying aeronautics with a concentration in air traffic control and a minor in management. I am proud to be a senior in Kent's prestigious aeronautics program and know my experiences at KSU will benefit me for years to come. I am in my third year working as a resident assistant and can't wait to apply my knowledge of residential life to assist USG and help the student body!

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • I want to bring greater awareness to our Undergraduate Student Government. The student body is not connected with the happenings of USG. We can do more to reach out and engage the undergraduate student body. I have been in communication with Directors LaChance and Richmond as well as Senator Gates to form a Public Relations Committee, something USG used to have but it dissolved over the years. Our snapchat account is not utilized at all, which is a shame because it is a fun and easy way to let students know about USG events. We should bring back press releases to give the greater Kent community insight to our organization. A regularly published newsletter would also aid in this endeavor. We can do so much more to bring awareness to the great things we are doing, and the student body has the right to be knowledgeable about what their representatives are doing.
  • My biggest and most daunting goal is to permanently change the culture of USG for the better. Student perception of this historic organization is weak, which is disheartening because student government at Kent State has a long and storied past of doing amazing things for the university. Unfortunately, most of the great things we have accomplished are unknown to most. I want USG members to be knowledgeable about the history of the organization. I want us to take our mission and value statements to heart and use them to guide every decision we make. If we can define and communicate these core values properly, students will be drawn to the organization. They will see that we ‘walk the talk’ through our actions, and will want to be involved in the wonderful things we accomplish.
  • As the Vice President of the Election Commission, I plan on working with Senator Chernesky to put on the greatest election in USG’s history. We have put many hours of work into the elections, and I am confident that we can attract the best student leaders to join this amazing organization.
  • As I stated in my platform, I want to commit to diversity and ensure that all residents living on campus are aware of the various organizations and services available to the diverse student body we have. The Women's Center, Kupita, the LGBTQ Center, Black United Students, SALSA, Pride, the Multicultural Center, and so many other great organizations and university-level groups exist to make students feel welcome and included.
  • With this being my last semester at this incredible institution, I have a limited window to conduct change, and I do not plan on squandering that opportunity. My goal is to submit multiple pieces of legislation to USG to improve the KSU experience for students. Some of the items in the work include a resolution to support selling condoms in markets on campus, expanding resources towards students suffering from mental health conditions, and expanding dining availability on front campus. Exciting things are going to be happening this semester, so stay tuned!

senator for university college

Austin Ross

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00am–2:00pm

 

Goals for the 2016–2017 School Year:

  • Change the name of the position from Senator for Undergraduate Studies to Senator for the University College as the duties and responsibilities of the Senator directly impacts the programs held within University College. As well, the Senator’s constituents are defined as those who have earned less than forty-two credit hours and who have yet to declare a major at Kent State University. The current nomenclature of the position fails to reflect the newly updated name of the University College. I am aware the title for the position is present in the Undergraduate Student Government Charter and may possibly require diligent work to afford those persons who hold the position in the future to be recognized as the Senator for the University College.
  • Work extensively with Kristen Bechter in the Advising Office within University College and the Provost Leadership Academy to create programming to align with the current Major Mentor Program to extend the reach beyond the online Mentor Directory. Programming would benefit Exploratory majors by bringing together Mentors and the students not only for social events; rather, to present students the opportunity to learn more about specific majors in which students are interested.
  • Work with the Director of Business and Finance to determine the possibility to reserve a section of the Undergraduate Student Government’s budget to afford undergraduate students the opportunity to attend and partake in immersion trips and experiential education initiatives through the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement. Students who partake in immersion trips often gain a new appreciation and understanding of peoples of different cultures, social justices issues, and often begin to determine how they can use their classroom knowledge to impact the society around them.
  • Create a basis of information and communicate with the other Senators in their respective colleges to educate the undergraduate population on the Student Success Service offered through University College: Supplemental Instruction, TRIO Support Services, Tutoring, Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement. All Student Success Programs offered through UC are, in fact, open to be used by all undergraduate students, not solely Exploratory Majors.

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Senator-At-Large

Jacqueline Torto

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday: 4:00pm–5:30pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm–1:00pm

Friday: 4:00pm–6:00pm

 

A Junior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. I love knock knock jokes and putting a smile on people's faces. My hobbies include playing soccer, cooking, biking, making people laugh in addition to spending time with Mother Nature and enjoy her gifts. I left my home country at an early age to the Middle East; this migration helped shaped my outlook on life ;  I learned to appreciate and embrace all the different cultures I was surrounded by in my extremely diverse community. I am extremely passionate about all things international student related; as an international student I have faced a few challenges that the international population has faced here at Kent State University. I am here for anyone who needs me and I am always open to your ideas, so please feel free to stop the USG office during my office hours to share your concerns or just to listen to me tell a knock knock joke. 

My goals for this year include but are not limited to ; 

  • Act as the liaison between the international students / organizations and the Office of Global Education to enhance the communication between the international students and their organizations and the office.
  • I would also like to hold a few forums to hear what the population has to say about their experiences here at Kent State.
  • I would also like to work with the different organizations on campus to start a committee/ council , and this council would have representatives from all the different international student organizations I.e the Kent Indian Association (KIA) , the Kent African Student Association ( KASA) , etc.

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Katya Sracic

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Monday: 3:45pm–4:45pm

Wednesday: 2:00pm–5:00pm

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SENATOR-AT-LARGE

Matthew Chernesky

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Tuesday: 2:00pm–3:30pm

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Brittany Kloes

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Tuesday: 11:00am–3:00pm

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