Elected Senators 2020

The results are in! Take a look at your newly elected SGA Senators!

COPHS

Claire Athanas

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Pharmacy

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of SGA is to be the voice of the students to university leaders. We aim to build a strong relationship with the faculty, staff, and administration who help us to solve problems brought to our attention through student input. SGA provides a platform to give students opportunity to make changes in their college experience to make it the best possible experience for everyone. On a similar note, SGA provides the opportunity for all people to be heard even those who feel under represented. The role of SGA is essential in leveling the field so everyone has the chance to be heard.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am so excited to be running for this position again. I have held this position for 2 years and I would love to come back and continue to be the voice of COPHS. I have loved not only hearing the comments and concerns from students but bringing these comments and concerns up to faculty to make change. I put on events to better get to know my constituency and I had such a good time meeting and talking with people who had so much great input for improvement. I was in the works of a few mini projects and I would love the opportunity to complete these so the goals of them can be fully realized. One of these goals was getting sustainable utensils for the basement. Finally, I would love to get involved to make the transition of the pandemic smoother for everyone in any way I can.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

As I mentioned earlier, I have already held this position before for two years. I know what it takes to make a change. I held a donut event last year to collect anonymous concerns from students. I was then able to then bring the concerns to the faculty and see what changes were possible to make. Another event I held was a student faculty hot cocoa social where students were able to see their professors in a less traditional setting. Outside of this position, I was a social committee head for Phi Delta Chi Professional pharmacy fraternity. In this role, I was able to plan events for the fraternity like a pasta dinner, apple picking, and more. This year I’m a committee head for school visits within Phi Delta Chi. This position allows me the opportunity to do outreach to high schools and elementary schools about the profession of pharmacy and also to the younger kids information regarding drug safety.

Ashley LaMonto

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Pharmacy

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of SGA is to make the most of students experience on campus by having a student body that use their voice to represent many diverse organizations that are on campus. Through this students are able to build a stronger connection not only with their peers but also the faculty. Students are made sure that their voices are heard and concerns are address on what we can improve on to help provide a positive experience for every student. The aim of SGA is to allow every student to feel comfortable expressing their concerns even if they feel they are represented, and that their opinion matters and we’re here to listen and help.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate because I want to give back to the Butler community and help organizations on campus have their voices be heard and express concerns. I am so excited to be applying and am hopeful that through this position I am able to be the bridge between students and faculty. I want to listen to what my peers have to say and I want to be able to help them in whatever way I can. This is an unusual time for everyone, and adjusting can be challenging but I know that together we can get through this.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

As a pp1 I was apart of the fundraising committee for my pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, as a freshman another team member and I were able to sell enough COPHS stickers to raise over $200. This was not an easy task, we went door to door in the freshmen doors selling these stickers, but it shows how determined and driven we were to meet our goal. This year I was selected to be the membership committee head for Phi Dex. I am so excited to be able to help recruit new members into such an amazing organization that has given me so much. Although it will be challenging this year to spread the word and host events for those that are interested, I am up for the challenge and know that my whole committee will help to come up with creative ways to still be interacting through zoom. These experiences will help me because it shows that I have leadership qualities and am able to listen to what others have to say and I work well with others.

LSB

Lauren Bluthardt

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Majors: Marketing, Management Information Systems

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of the SGA Senate is to provide an outlet for students to create concrete action towards the concerns and issues that face the Butler University campus. Senators are voices for those who often feel shadowed or misrepresented, and those who have a greater vision for the campus climate. Senate supports student initiatives to work for a better student experience for all regardless of their background.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

Representing the Lacy School of Business as a senator is a way to ensure the business schools vision and success is implemented and advocated for by the entire Butler community. Working with the business school to further our programming will provide a holistic experience for every student regardless of their major. In the business school, we learn the value of ethics and how to be meaningful and engaged leaders in the communities we belong to. I’d like to use the values of the school to insight progressive change within the student government community. The business school is a diverse group of lifelong learners whom I’d be excited and grateful to represent and learn from over the 2020-2021 academic year.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

For the past two years, I’ve held roles within SGA. As a first-year, I was elected to be the Irvington House senator for the 2018-2019 academic year. This role helped me advocate for over 600 students in the dorm with their concerns over Atherton food, lights to promote safety on campus, and relations with BUPD. Through outreach, we were able to collect the concerns of first-years and report back to the SGA board our findings. This experience changed my outlook on advocacy and how to listen and learn from others and their diverse backgrounds. My sophomore year I was selected to be on SGA’s Program Board as a Late Night Co-Chair. I decided to apply for Program Board after my first year on Senate as I saw first hand the work that goes on behind the scenes to create a positive student experience. Knowing the ins-and-outs, I wanted to diversify my experience to better understand what makes the student experience incredible. As a co-chair, I learned how to manage financial resources, find ethical and affordable vendors, and support programs ranging from mind and body to professional development. With two years of SGA experience behind me, I hope to experience yet another by supporting my fellow LSB students. Outside of SGA, I’ve been elected to leadership positions in my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as well as the first-year honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta. Additionally, I’ve found another home on Butler University’s Student Foundation, where I’ve been a member of the Student Relations committee to support the student events we host on campus. All of these experiences have developed me into a passionate leader who is ready to use the knowledge I’ve gained over the years to benefit the student body.

Paul Ford

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

In my own words, the purpose and mission of the SGA Senate is to unify and represent the voice of the student body and all student organizations at Butler University. It is also the Senate’s responsibility to act on their behalf as they may not always be able to do so themselves. In other words, the Senate should signify the power of all students at Butler and exercise that power through meaningful congregation, democratic governing, and coherent action.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for the SGA Senate because I want to be as heavily involved in the Butler community as I can possibly be. The SGA Senate is the best opportunity for me to do so and make positive change on campus. I also see myself making many meaningful connections that can help me in my own pursuits, while also benefiting the other student organizations that I currently am engaged in (along with future engagements as well). The SGA Senate could significantly improve my interaction with the Butler community and all of its students, which is why I am so committed to pursuing this.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

My leadership experience, interpersonal skills, and ambitious nature qualify me to represent the freshman class at Butler University as the Student Senate First-Year Constituent (Class of 2024). My high school experience as the President of Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Black Student Union (2018-2020) gives me the knowledge and skill needed to lead. My two high school internships as the marketing intern at Iconic Digital Marketing Agency (2019) and as the youth communications intern at Eastern Star Church (2020) gives me insight on how to utilize technical skills for the success of an organization. My high school community service experience as a volunteer for the Indiana Black Expo’s Minority Health Fair, Film Festival, and Youth Leadership Summit inspired me to stay involved with activism of all sorts, but specifically those surrounding racial and cultural activism. Currently at Butler, my recent executive experiences as the Treasurer of the LGBTQ+ Alliance and the First-Year Chair for the Black Student Union are pushing me to enhance my skills so that I can perform at the level that is required of me in the Student Senate. All of these things are qualifiers that make me a worthy candidate.

JCA

Nicole Dickson

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Majors: Dance Pedagogy, Statistics

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose and mission of the SGA Senate is to consistently improve the Butler student experience. SGA Senate allows for students to address concerns and implement change for the greater good of the Butler community.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I wish to run for Senate to make Butler a more engaging community for all and to aid in the process of beneficial reform for the Butler community. I am interesting in representing JCA because I believe it is important to have a voice from the arts present in SGA. I think it’s important to have a voice from SGA within our student government! As well, I think that SGA will offer opportunities to connect with my peers in other disciplines and help me to understand their student perspective of Butler.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Unfortunately, I have not yet assumed any leadership roles here at Butler. I have, however, taken part in volunteer opportunities through Sigma Rho Delta and Alpha Chi Omega, and I hope to take on more responsibilities this school year. Despite my lack of collegiate experiences, I do possess many leadership qualities which shine through during my engagement with others on Butler’s campus. While minute, I believe that my natural ability to organize outings with friends and to ask for necessary clarifications for the great good of a group displays my intrinsic leadership. I think this ability will help me to listen to others and hopefully help to address the needs of my fellow JCA students to the community at large thus helping me to best fulfill my senate responsibilities.

Irvington

James Boes

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Finance

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose and mission of the SGA Senate is to bring satisfaction and prosperity to all students at Butler University. To include and unite are at the forefront of such organizations. Senators must listen to constituents and implement policies that help everyone. Diversity should be a main objective as should inclusion. Senators must work together to find common ground. The SGA Senate must safeguard the rights of fellow students. Such an organization must promote tranquillity to everyone on campus. He/she must be reachable and communicable. Furthermore, a senator must have the interest of those who elect him in mind at all times.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

Governmental affairs have always been exciting for me. I love to find solutions to the problems society is faced with everyday. To be the voice of the unrepresented is a passion of mine. Moreover, Butler is now my home for the next four years, and it is my duty as a student to make this campus prosperous. The people at Irvington are immaculate. The sense of community here is noticeable. We as a constituency must elect a person who is willing to voice our opinions on a series of matters. We deserve a person who is not afraid to stand up for what is right. People need to wear their mask, too.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

In high school, I served as class president for four consecutive years. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to understand the concerns of my peers. Like most officers, I was tasked with finding a solution after listening to a student. Some situations mandated a hard approach, but I always put the needs of others before my own. A duty of mine was to lead my class to victory in the homecoming festivities. Each fall, the classes are tasked with decorating a truck. Our themes included “Just Keep Swimming,” “Donut Lose,” “Losing is Despicable,” and “Lights, Camera, Soccer.” Creativity is one of my greatest assets as is my ability to garner teamwork. These are two crucial aspects needed to make a campus thrive.With coronavirus effecting my senior year, I had to find solutions to the multitude of problems our school administrators faced. This was an unusual position for class president; however, I was able to convince the superintendent to allow an in-person graduation and prom with restrictions. We also were granted permission to have a parade. When an uncommon situation arises, I refuse to see it as a burden but as a chance to build camaraderie.

Jack Parcell

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Economics, Mechanical Engineering

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The SGA Senate exists for the same reason that all other senates across the world exist; to be a voice for the body that it represents. The senate should be willing and able to reasonably address important campus problem and ensure that all their constituents have a voice in the decision-making process through the power of their vote. The senate should further strive to ensure the diversity and inclusion that makes the campus of a liberal arts school such as Butler a place where everyone feels safe, welcome, and wanted. The Senate should also maintain a close working relationship with the administration of Butler University to ensure that the needs, requirements, and wishes of both the student body and administration are met to the greatest extent possible.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate because I was dissatisfied with the way that the administration of my high school was run. I disagreed with many of the choices they made and the way that they made them, more specifically the choices made that would affect students, without the input of the students. While my high school did have a form of student government, it was a proxy. The popular vote for student body president did not truly matter, as the sponsors of student council had final say in who would be student body president. Furthermore, the class execs (student body president+ all class presidents) did nothing of importance or made any real decisions. Their main responsibilities were deciding the theme of the three dances that the school held. I hope that through participating in the Senate at Butler, I will be able to have an influence on decisions being made that could affect my fellow students, as well as I, something that I was not able to do in High School. I am interested in representing Irvington House because that is the group of people that I feel most connected with. I see them around campus, we will hold the door open for each other, and we’re never too busy to have a quick conversation out on the sidewalk or in a hallway. I feel a connection with my fellow residents of Irvington, and I want to represent their interests in the Senate.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

While in High School, I help multiple leadership positions. My senior year, I was President of DECA, a Future Business Leaders of America type club. Under my leadership, club membership more than doubled, and more people qualified for State than ever before. Meeting went from being held in the sponsors classroom to the cafeteria because of the sheer amount of people that wanted to attend the meeting and improve their business skills. I personally won my event (business law and ethics team decision making) at districts and was hopeful to win state until the event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was also captain of the Cross-Country team my senior year, a position that I had been looking forward to from my second day as a fresh person. I never missed a team practice or meeting and was always willing to encourage and support my teammates when ever they needed it. While there was not as much success during my time as team captain that there had been previously, we had a very large amount of underclass persons who would be ready to field a full varsity team when they became old enough to be competitive. I was also President of the Track team my senior year. While this season was cut short, lasting only three or so weeks, because of the pandemic, I was out there ever day leading my team in the warm-up and stretches. The experience that I gained whilst holding these positions will be invaluable during my time in the Senate. I will be able to use skills I used to make sure that everyone is included in discussions, and that their opinion is heard and considered. Diversity was particularly important in DECA, as there are so many ways that business is conducted throughout the world. One way I worked to improve the diversity of my DECA chapter was by befriending a large variety of groups. People are naturally friendly, so when you go up to them and engage in a conversation with them, they will engage in one with you. In high school, I would ask people to attend an upcoming DECA meeting if it sounded interesting to them. This conversation skill would be valuable in that I could engage with groups of people that I see around Irvington and ask them their opinion on things that the senate is currently discussing.

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Fairview

Alex Stencel

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Political Science
Minor: Strategic Communication

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of SGA is to provide for the Butler community in a variety of ways. Whether it is approving new clubs or voting to change systems we have in place, the SGA is there as a mechanism of representation. The reason we are voted is to be a physical voice for the students who want certain things. SGA brings together all students of all different areas and allows their point of view to be present in their meetings. We are in short a community group organized and voted on by the students.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am running to represent my constituents in Fairview. Fairview just like any other resident hall was deeply affected by the pandemic that hurts us all. Having that representation and being that voice is key to making sure Butler students are aware of whats going on during this crazy year. I am deeply involved in the idea of political representation and association as a political science students and I think being in SGA is a great way of achieving those goals. Many of the things people say is they want someone who does not make a load of blanket promises. I want to try my best to get the best of what Fairview students envision and at the same time not make a multitude of promises I can’t keep either. My goals are to listen to what students request and need and put in my best effort to make it happen. I hope to be able to pride myself in working closely(obviously not physically close due to COVID) with my constituents to best achieve the request they ask for.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I was deeply involved with SGA last year to start. As a senator for ResCo, I spent an abundance time asking around what could be changed or what they felt needed change. Unfortunately I only accomplished limited change but at the same time, a big part of my campaign was not making promises that could not kept so I tried my best to not over reach. Being a senator last year allowed me to get the reigns of SGA and by doing so helped me get to used to the process and its meeting. I hope to use the knowledge I gained from my position last year to ease in to this term and not have to worry about how it works. I know the online aspect will be new but I am still confident that it can be easier for someone with a past term to get in with.

Sam Zechiel

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Political Science
Minor: Sociology

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

Senate truly is a voice for the student body. Each senator gets to vote and make decisions on behalf of their constituency. The purpose of senate is to make sure that students have the ability to communicate and work with different departments in the university. If a student has a concern or feels like they are not being heard, senators can act as liaisons between the student and university leadership.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate because I really enjoyed my experience last year and I feel that I can represent my constituency well. Students have a lot of concerns and fears right now, and I want to be able to help communicate those to other senators and university officials. The reason that I would like to represent Fairview House is because I had a great experience representing Irvington House last year. It gives me the opportunity to really connect and build positive relationships with other students living in my dorm.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I am qualified for this position because of my experience serving as a senator last year. I am familiar with how senate and other aspects of SGA work. This will help me to best fulfill my senate responsibilities because I am not going to get overwhelmed or be afraid to speak out. I am already very comfortable in the senate environment, so I will be able to actively participate right away.

Fraternities

Mark Sortino

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Marketing
Minor: Education

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of the SGA Senate is to make sure that all students at Butler can have a equitable and fun experience during their time at Butler. The SGA should be a voice for all students to make sure that students are truly getting all that they deserve.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interesting in running for the Senate because I served on the Senate last year and I really enjoyed being able to represent my constituency of ResCo. I was able to pass a resolution that improved the lives of students living in ResCo. I also enjoyed having outreach events in the ResCo lobby and being able to talk to students about the problems that they wanted fixed. I am currently running to serve as the class of 23 Senator because I feel the same type of responsibility as I did my freshman year. I think I will be able to represent the entire class in a positive light and work to make meaningful change for all of us.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

As I have talked about, I did serve on the Senate last year and was able to pass a resolution while also serving on the Finance and Facilities board. On campus, I was also involved in the TRIKE week and currently serve as a GM for the College Mentors for Kids chapter here at Butler. These experiences of leadership will serve me well as a second term Senator. Being able to jump right in and help all students in the issues currently on campus is very important to me. Being able to reflect on my experience from my first term will be a big help.

Class of 2023

Angelica Letcher

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Marketing

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The 40 student leaders that makeup SGA Senate have a responsibility to represent and unite a diverse array of students at Butler through opportunities, organizations, and activities. This organization not only creates opportunities for student involvement, but continues to add to these opportunities that already exist. SGA Senate is a contributive listening force for questions, concerns, and ideas, that has the unique opportunity to voice these opinions and make the change.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate because I am very passionate about the various opportunities and responsibilities that come along with this great position. I have had a great amount of experience in different leadership roles throughout my life, and through those experiences I have grown to love connecting with people then having the opportunity to represent and be a voice for each one of them. I have a great amount of compassion for people and I love to serve others any chance I can get, which empowers me to be better every day. Through my work in service projects in the past, it has inspired me to do everything possible to strive for change and policies that will better all people’s lives. Furthermore, having an amazing opportunity like this one would allow me to obtain my aspirations to one day be a great leader in Congress for the United States of America. As I choose to represent the College of Communications, the tools and skill set that my professors and peers taught me during first year at Butler, and continue to teach me during this unforeseen time, offers a unique perspective to SGA Senate. Strategic Communications has taught me how to effectively represent and communicate with each and every individual I encounter, and this will allow me to be a vital asset to SGA Senate. Students in the College of Communications offer so many different and important aspects throughout our campus, and CCOM needs a representative who can offer speaking, writing, and most importantly listening skills for everyone. I choose this opportunity to not only connect with the SGA Senate members, and those I would represent in the College of Communications, but all students at Butler University.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Each and every experience I have encountered at Butler has not only qualified me, but prepared me for this position. Even before classes began for my first year on campus, I had the opportunity to participate in a pre-welcome week program. Because of Ambassadors of Change, within just one week I was able to become a servant leader in the Indianapolis community, along with learning about valuable tools and opportunities that can allow me to continue to grow in my passion for service. I was fortunate enough to build relationships with my peers in the sophomore class along with upperclassmen, who have inspired me to reach and achieve goals like this one. Through this impactful week of service, education, and relationship building, I accomplished so much and I continue to apply those experiences throughout my life on a daily basis. Overall, Ambassadors of Change qualifies me for this position because it taught me how to build relationships with a diverse group of people, and collaborate with them despite the short amount of time I may know them. Furthermore, Ambassadors of Change continues to allow me to make a difference in my community though service and reflect the impactful experiences I encounter.Another major experience that has qualified me for a position in SGA Senate is leading a senior retreat at my high school back in November. Prior to Butler I actively lead retreats for underclassmen, but when I was given the opportunity to lead such a vital opportunity for such a special place in my heart, I was ecstatic to accept the challenge. During this four day experience, my role was to lead, listen, and show a good example for seniors to grow in their faith. Little did I know that I would be the one to learn and gain so much from these high school seniors. Leading those seniors, taught me that everyone has their own story and carries their own weight. Each and every individual can bring so many unique aspects to the table, and by recognizing that I have become a great leader. Being a college retreat leader and joining SGA Senate are very cohesive opportunities because in both experiences I am being trusted by diverse individuals with concerns and emotions, where I must not only actively listen, but then help with those issues at hand. Continuously, another major experience that has qualified me for SGA Senate, is becoming a proud, active member of Kappa Alpha Theta. During recruitment I was able to discover how important time management is when connecting with someone, no matter how much we may have in common. By recognizing how important just a couple minutes may be and through my love of people, I was able to find an organization with similar values to my own. I am proud to be apart of an organization of leaders who inspire me through faith, hope, to strive for goals in my future that I would have been intimidated by in the past.

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Reagan Markland

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Minor: Political Science

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of SGA Senate is to efficiently provide a voice to the students of Butler University and allow students to be represented in multiple capacities. Senate helps determine the needs and wants of students, and develops specific solutions to them. Senate plays an important role in giving Butler students a medium to advocate for themselves and ensures that there is a representative with the key constituencies’ agenda and values in mind. SGA fulfills this through the election of senators who serve as liaisons between constituencies and the student government.As a candidate for senate, I recognize the importance of this responsibility. With social distancing guidelines, and many events and beloved traditions being virtual this year, the senate’s role will be extremely important in order to foster a healthy learning and living community at the university. However, my position is only as influential as the class of 2023 makes it. Ultimately, the position is only as effective as the constituents allow it to be. I can’t represent this class without having the knowledge of what my constituents need to be successful from SGA.I look forward to making myself accessible to students by hosting outreach events each semester, meeting with students during office hours, and finding other points that work with students schedules. At the end of the day, my duty is as an advocate for our needs, wants, and values as a class.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate so that I can exhibit service leadership and advocate for my constituents. In my first year at Butler, I held various leadership roles and I am eager to challenge myself and utilize the skills I developed. I have a servants heart and enjoy helping others. Taking on a leadership role is not something I take lightly. I recognize the importance of a leader being 110% invested in what they are doing. I am confident in my ability to listen and to fight for peoples best interests and rights. I am eager to seek out situations that challenge me and allow me to challenge my peers. Therefore, running for Senate is a natural fit. As the 2019-2020 senator for the Class of 2023, I enjoyed meeting a variety of my peers across organizations and colleges. I am excited to run for this position again in order to continue serving these students. After having our first year of college cut short, I hope to create a variety of opportunities for involvement that are unique to our class and make up for the lost time in our first year. Serving my peers was an incredible experience last year, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to do so if I am reelected.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Since arriving at Butler, I have had a variety of experiences that have prepared me to best fulfill my role as a senator. As the 2019-2020 senator for the Class of 2023 I successfully co-hosted a Cookies and Questions event, as well as a Coloring Page and Cookies event during final week. Both of these events were successful in engaging with my constituents. Furthermore, during my term in office, I was able to improve my understanding of parliamentary procedure and communication, two essential parts of serving in the senate.Additionally, as the Volunteer Projects Coordinator for the Butler University Volunteer Center, I currently work to create a variety of volunteer opportunities for Butler students. Due to COVID, I am gaining a lot of experience with what these programs can look like while on an online platform. This will prove extremely helpful when planning programming for the Class of 2023.Furthermore, as the Vice President of Fundraising for Butler BIGS, I played an important role in helping to plan and organize Fashion For The WISER. This was our biggest fundraising event yet and was complete with a fashion show, boutique booths, a silent auction, and concessions. Specifically, I organized the full silent auction which raised over $1,000. This position helped me to grow my skills in community outreach and working with professionals both within and outside of the Butler community. These skills will prove useful while I plan opportunities to engage the class of 2023. I am excited for the opportunity to serve in the SGA Senate again.

LAS

Cade Chezman

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to be the voice of the students at Butler University. SGA is not just the voice of the “popular” students, but it is the voice of the students who feel they are often overlooked. SGA exists to support and better the lives of every student at Butler University.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am deeply interested in running for Senate for a few reasons. First, I believe I will be able to listen and speak on behalf of everyone in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences much like I did last year. To do this I will be doing one of my favorite things, listening to and talking with others. This year will be unlike any other year as it will be harder to do this due to COVID-19, but I have many ideas on how to engage constituents remotely. These ideas include Zoom information sessions, comment and concern forms, and many others. I also believe that as someone who has already been in this position once, it will be much easier to be able to navigate these uncertain times.I also believe that this will be a way that I will be able to help each student in LAS have a better experience during their time on campus. I think it is extremely important that every person on campus is able to maximize their time at Butler. If someone like me is willing to listen to them and give them the opportunity to share their ideas and needs then they will have the best four years of their lives. Finally, I am interested in running because I want to make a difference on campus. We already have an amazing university, but we have to keep pushing forward to create an even better college experience for everyone involved.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Last year, I was the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator. This year I am simply running for re-election. When I first started as a senator, I did not know what I was supposed to do, what the proper protocol was, or how to even propose a resolution. After a year of experience, I have the ability to start this year off with all of this knowledge under my belt. I will have a head start compared to any new senator that may be elected to represent LAS, and will thus be able to maximize the amount of time that I have to aid LAS students.I am also working to start a new service based organization on campus this year. This experience will allow me to aid others in this process, and better understand what each new organization has to go through to be officially recognized.

Jake Overman

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Chemistryni
Minor: Classics

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

To provide a way for the concerns and opinions of the student body to be voiced in a way that represents all students and allows for discussions to take place that will foster educated decisions that affect the campus and student body as a whole.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences because of the wide range of students it houses. It is the biggest academic college at Butler. I think that by representing this constituency I will be able to help the most people and do my best to make their college experience all the better. I think that by being a Senator in SGA, I will be able to have a say in the decisions that affect our lives as students at Butler University. Taking the wants and needs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences into account when at meetings and other SGA events, I will strive to do make decisions and act in a way that will get the students in the college the outcomes they desire most.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I will use my problem solving skills I have enriched during my college career to identify problems, form a plan to rectify them, and then enact change. I think that collaboration will be the best way to work through all of the steps aforementioned. Through my lab courses and discussion based classes I have been able to hone my collaboration skills and find what works best for accomplishing a task in an effective way. I will talk to my peers to see what they want to see come out of SGA and their Student Senate the most. I will then work with my fellow senator(s) to form a plan to get the desires of students met. Finally, I will collaborate with the SGA as a whole and whomever else may be needed to see that the changes are put into effect.

Commuters

Layla Barham

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Majors: Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies
Minor: International Business

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose of senate is to bring student concerns to the table and make sure that their ideas are represented and supported within SGA. It is a place where student problems can be resolved whether it be related to policy change or just creating a more inclusive environment. Senate should represent people of all backgrounds and places on campus to where students feel safe and be able to express their thoughts.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for Senate because I think the body needs more representation in politics and student identities. In my personal experience, I have heard people say that Senate does not encompass students of diverse backgrounds and my goal is to change that. My hope is that students from diverse backgrounds will be represented in Senate and hold up the standards of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Being a member of both DEIB and Senate will give me the opportunity to work on both boards synchronously to implement change and connect with constituents. I want to be a commuter senator because I have lived off-campus the last 2.5 years at Butler and I feel as though there is a disconnect between campus life and commuters. Though this could be only a personal feeling and other factors could lead to that disconnect, I want to be sure that commuters are also represented and have a voice even though they are not always on campus. Being involved in various organizations has made me feel more connected to campus life than if I wasn’t. As a senator I want students to know that they have people to represent them and provide them with the right resources to have a good college experience.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I first became a senator in January 2020 and even though the semester did not last long I really enjoyed my time on senate. I was just getting adapted to how senate runs before COVID-19 hit and felt as though I did not get to fulfill what I wanted to do during my time. Though the amount of time on senate was not long, I feel as though I gained more insight into the different ways SGA operates. I have previously held leadership positions on DEIB and Students for Justice in Palestine. In my experience as a student leader, I have learned how to hold myself and others responsible for delegating tasks, cooperating together, and being intentional. I feel as though I am qualified for this position because I am responsible and am able to be held accountable for what is asked from me. By having constituents it is important to be responsible and know how to talk to and delegate with others.

Bayley Stuckey

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Marketing

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose and mission of SGA Senate is to guarantee that the student experience at Butler University is welcoming and full of opportunities. The Senate serves all aspects of campus. The Senate wants and expects students to have all the resources and services that they need on campus to thrive as individuals and students.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I’m interested in running for Senate because I believe that there is a lot of room on campus for improvement. This academic year is especially different and I want all students to obtain the best experience possible despite health and safety guidelines that are critical to follow. I know that with my academic standing as a junior, I can provide valuable insight and critiques of the campus environment and academic experience. I believe that it is important to serve others and I know that this is an atmosphere that would hold me accountable and allow me to expand my involvement. I want to represent the commuter students because they are a crucial part of campus. They can provide valuable insight in regards to the Indianapolis community and culture that can help campus be better. They also may spend significantly less time on campus compared to traditional on campus students, but it is crucial that they have a voice and enjoy every second that they are emerged in the Butler University community.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

As a Butler Student, I have served on the program board component of SGA. I know that this experience has given me some insight on how SGA as a whole works and the different aspects of campus that people serve. Within the program board, I have seen and meet deadlines, interacted with other committees, worked with other boards, and created effective programing. This experience has taught me what students enjoy, what students dislike, and how to get students involved. As a Student Assistant for the Core Curriculum office, serving specifically as a BCR employee. I have had the opportunity to interact with Butler staff and understand the chain of command throughout certain programs whether they be the arts, academic or student life.

AV

Alex Colbert

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Finance
Minor: Management Information Systems

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The SGA should exist to be a resource for students. It should focus on issues that the student body experience and aim to fix them. SGA should be representative of all students by having a broad range of members to reach all areas of interest. The SGA Senate should support people and provide a method to help those who have a voice that isn’t normally heard.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I want to help make a difference in the Butler community. After transferring here my sophomore year I have learned to love Butler and what it entails. The obvious next step in my mind is to help make that experience even better. By running for senate I will have the means to make an impact and propose solutions if I think any are needed. I can also help represent any issues I have with a community and serve as a bridge. I want to represent Apartment Village because as a resident I will face any potential problems everyday. I also will be able to resonate with other students living in Apartment Village and any problems they have. By representing Apartment Village I can eliminate any problems that arise where people should feel their most comfortable, their home. Being comfortable in the dorms is an important part of any college experience and I want to make sure that any potential issues are heard.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

My main experience comes from my schoolwork and jobs over the past several years. Looking at both shows I have a hard-working attitude. I recognize when something isn’t working and adapt to become better suited for a situation. During my freshman year at University of San Diego I served on the board of my residence hall as a general member. Through that I learned how to work with not only other students, but faculty as well. In addition the improvements to my GPA from University of San Diego show how I am open to looking at new methods if old ones aren’t working. Hard-work only goes so far. Working with my other RBE members taught me the importance of communication and also prepared me for working in a team environment. These experiences will help me not only work together efficiently, but also prepare me for any problems that arise. My experience prepares me for a broad area of problems that help me adapt to situations.

ResCo

Nick Durst

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Political Science

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose and mission of SGA Senate is to represent and carry out the interests of each of their constituencies from the student body, and to work with the administrative body/faculty/staff of the school to improve the campus and make it an overall better place.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

Because I plan to run for office and be a politician someday, and I believe that this will be a great opportunity to gain some experience in the world of electoral politics. I have also always found myself in situations where I have both formally and informally taken leadership roles throughout my academic and extracurricular career, and I think I would do a great job at representing Res-Co. Most of all, I want to be a public servant and continue to help out in any way that I can!

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I was involved in student government all four years of High School. I was a member of the Student Council and Class Councils every year of High School, I was the Class President during my sophomore year, and I was the Class Parliamentarian during my senior hear. I was also in the NHS for two years, I was in the Leadership Council (the council of all school club presidents and sport captains) for two years, I served as the co-captain/president of the Chess Team for two years, and I held an administrative role in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club at my school. I was also in a total of 14 different clubs and organizations for my High School! I think that all of these leadership roles have given me a lot of experience and leadership skills necessary for representing my Res-Co constituents, as I have represented the Student Body at my High School in a variety of ways, and I can’t wait to work with others and continue to help out around the Butler Campus!

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Aidan Kohnke

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Political Science

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

The purpose and mission of the SGA Senate is to protect and serve the student body of the University. This means that the SGA Senate should be focused on promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion through more opportunities to learn and improve awareness. This will allow for a more inclusive and community based campus, where people of all races, genders, and idealistic beliefs will be welcome. A main way the SGA Senate should look towards achieving diversity is through lower attendance costs, which will allow for students of all economic and racial backgrounds to attend. This also means improving the health and safety of the student body. Butler has amazing facilities, where students can improve their health and live a healthy lifestyle. The SGA Senate should continue to uphold this, and allow for easy accessibility to all students.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am interested in running for a Senate position because I feel there is a lack of diversity in the school administration in terms of beliefs. Butler University is an extremely liberal university, with a very strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. However, I and many other conservative voices amongst the student body feel that there is a lack of representation of our opinions in leadership positions. Along with this, the university is a primarily white campus. By running for a Senate position, I hope to increase both the racial and ideological diversity of our campus community. The best way to achieve this goal is through lowering the cost of tuition. That way, students from lower income communities have a fiscally easier chance of attending private universities like Butler. With this addition to the university, the unique backgrounds and experiences of our student body will proliferate beautifully. In addition to an increase in lower income attendance of our university, minority attendance will increase manyfold, further broadening the diversity of the campus.My reasoning for representing the Residential College community is simple: it’s the place where I connect the most with the students here at Butler. The majority of my close connections and friendships have arisen from small talk in ResCo. I consider Residential College my family: it’s the group of people that I will fight the hardest for. And I intend to do that if elected as a Residential College Senator.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

My high school experiences cover a fairly broad range of work. In high school, I was a member of the Model United Nations team, where I helped to create a fair amount of legislation. This will help me in fulfilling my abilities as a senator greatly, as I have the experience with creating and working together with others on legislation. I have the practice with being vocal, and will be able to continue this because of my time as a Model United Nations member.I was also the creator of my own soccer club in the Milwaukee area. The club played indoor soccer during the winter months, and so I got a lot of experience with not only managing my own club, but also juggling my own academics while still looking out for others. This will help me massively with my work as a senator, as I will constantly have to balance my own personal work with the prosperity of my constituents. This past summer, the pandemic cancelled all sports in the Milwaukee area. So I took the initiative to create my own soccer league for anyone to join. This was an amazing opportunity to practice my management skills and see how much I could handle at once. The league ran smoothly, with no major problems, and I received a rating of 4.7/5 stars in terms of enjoyment. This test of my abilities made me work harder than I ever had for the betterment of others: exactly what I will have to do to ensure the best for my Residential College family.

Class of 2021

Elizabeth Bishop

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Majors: Strategic Communication, Marketing

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

I believe the purpose and mission of SGA is to listen to constituents’ concerns and create tangible solutions through meaningful advocacy and resolutions.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

The role of Class of 2021 Senator is integral in providing seniors a positive, memorable experience for their final year of undergrad. Even more so during a time when so many senior traditions are being cancelled, delayed, or substituted due to Covid. I want nothing more than to be able to help the senior class make the most of the rest of our college experience. By continuing fulfilling this role, I plan to equip my peers with fun Butler opportunities as well as helpful postgrad information.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

In addition to holding the role of Sophomore Class President, Advertising Club President, and various director positions throughout other campus organizations, I have also held the Class of 2021 Senator position for the past two years. During my previous Senate experiences I have helped sponsor new clubs, pass resolutions, lead the Mental Health subcommittee, conduct outreach events, and become very familiar with the class of 2021. Some planned initiatives were unfortunately cut short due to the shortened spring semester, but I am hopeful to have the opportunity to still implement these if re-elected.

Class of 2024

Mark Morrison

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

In my opinion, the purpose and mission of the SGA Senate is to educate and communicate with both the student body and administration on certain ideas and issues. It is important that students ideals are communicated and understood. By being a part of senate, you must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

By being a part of Senate, I want to make a positive impact on not only our student body, but our community. I want to effectively represent my class and what they stand for. I want them to know that their ideas are heard and respected by not only myself but the administration here at Butler. I want to hold strong relationships with all my fellow classmates and administrators.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I have been a leader in my community and school. I’ve led many school groups and also led groups within my community (Examples: Student Board, Student Government, Peer Listening, Eagle Nation, Student Ambassador, Bible Studies, and WyldLife). I will strive to improve Butler school morale and school spirit for all. I look forward to an opportunity to support our athletic teams. I led Eagle Nation in high school which provided enthusiasm and school spirit for sporting events. I also led and organized school assemblies and pep rally’s. I naturally strive to know everyone’s story. Because I am a trustworthy person, many students have shared their concerns with me. This was particularly helpful because I was chosen to be a peer listener. When necessary, I would address student concerns and comments to the school administration. This along with my leadership skills and enthusiasm were very efficient ways to improve my high school. I am confident with my background and experiences, we can accomplish a lot of positive things here at Butler University together.

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Savanna Simpson

Pronouns: She/Her/Cis
Major: Health Science, Pre-Med

In your own words, what is the purpose and mission of SGA Senate?

I believe the main purpose of the Student Government Association is to be the main links on campus. I believe the members of the Senate should be seen as go-to people if anything needs to be done on campus. The members of the Senate are intelligent, reliable individuals who all have the same goal of connecting the students, on and off campus, with the staff and administrators. The main mission of the SGA Senate is to bring together the campus, no matter the background, of students and staff alike.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

I am extremely interested in running for the Senate for a multitude of reasons. I overall aim to be a person that students in my community can contact me to raise concerns and trust that they will be taken care of. I hope to be the person that helps students solve issues to ensure that their experiences while on this campus are seamless. I plan to build upon Butler’s rising inclusion and diversity programs to make them stronger and larger than they currently sit at. Inclusion is an extremely important topic to me. I hope to be able to use this position as a platform to shed new light onto this matter. In general I want to be the person that students are not afraid to knock on my door and talk to me about what needs to change around the community. If elected, I will make it my mission to ensure students that work will get done.

Why are you interested in running for Senate and representing your specific constituency?

Throughout my years in high school, I held many positions that would help me in the new position of Senate. First, I was the president of my school’s chapter of Business Professionals of America. As president, I led meetings, and helped students study and choose their events. I was our chapters student host which I helped twenty high schoolers navigate around the city of Indy and through their busy week of business events. BPA has helped me become an extremely organized leader in which I plan to use these skills on the SGA Senate. Another position I held in high school was the president of 4-H. In this position, I led all meetings, and taught clinics to the whole county, and organized fundraisers and events for my chapter. I hope to transfer these skills to the Senate to help with the planning of events, fundraisers, and advertising. Arguably the most important part of high school, I was the head chair of the prom committee. I spent my final two years of high school planning, building, buying, and making prom become a perfect night for my high school peers. I learned many skills from this position in which I plan to use sitting in the Senate. I better understand time limits and budgets which I will make sure the Senate makes the financially smarter option. I will remember that people are counting on me and I will try my hardest not to let them down and meet my time limits. Through many more past positions, I believe my skills will help me fulfill my Senate responsibilities.