President

Erika Olsen

Campus Involvement

Student Orientation Guide (SOG):
As a SOG, I served as a vital and enthusiastic first impression of life at Butler to the First-Years. I led a group of students through Welcome Week and have established relationships with them as their mentor, resource and friend.
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority – Apparel Chair:  
As the Apparel Chair for Alpha Chi, I worked with my Co-Chair to design the shirts for every event of Fall 2017. We worked with various outside vendors and organized everything having to do with apparel as we helped establish a visual brand for our chapter.
BITS Site Leader:
As a site leader for BITS, I helped over 100 participants package thousands of meals in the Reilly Room for the Million Meals Movement.
BUDM – Morale Committee:
As a part of Morale, I serve as the “hype” of Butler University’s Annual Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital and performed dance routines throughout the 12 hour marathon!

Qualifying Qualities and Characteristics

Throughout our time at Butler, we have the opportunity try out many forms of involvement in order to truly discover our passions – and mine is undoubtedly representing the “largest class in Butler history” aka the Class of 2020! I believe that if one assumes a leadership role, it must be something you truly love. Our class is comprised of the most ambitious, talented, and courageous people I know, and it means everything to me that we are properly represented across all class needs, large and small. Whether it is designing BU2020 apparel, expressing student concerns in Senate or distributing free hot chocolate in 10 degree weather, I absolutely live for representing the Class of 2020. Every day, I wear a bracelet that says “Enjoy the Journey”, reminding myself that it is essential to go about my day with positivity and high energy. This is the energy I currently bring as Class Vice President and would emphasize even more if I receive the honor of serving as Class President.
In addition to my passion, positivity and high energy, I am extremely organized and make my class the highest priority. I also have a strong bias for action.  For example, if I notice an issue going on around campus that needs to be addressed, I have no hesitation to bring it up to administration or Student Senate.  What’s more, I follow up diligently to ensure action has been taken that will enhance my constituents’ Butler Experience. I strive to always be a positive spirit and make those around me happy, doing everything I can to deliver positive change. I am a hard worker, and determined to accomplish anything I set my mind to and when it comes to the Class of 2020, there are no exceptions.

Platform

My name’s Erika Olsen and I am a Marketing Major with a Political Science Minor from St. Louis, MO! I knew that leadership and serving others was my passion from my first experience serving on Student Council Exec in 7th Grade. I strongly believe that in order to hold a position of leadership, you have to serve as a voice for not only your own beliefs, but more importantly for those of the people you represent. As the current 2020 Vice President, I have gained exceptional experience with leading this class over the past year and a half, and have established three primary points of focus for this next year if elected Class President.
Unity:
First, I value not only my friendships with those who conveniently live down the hall from me, but especially appreciate those who are involved in different organizations and serve as vital assets to my Butler Experience. I believe that while there has been improvement, the divide between Greek and Independent students is still present and an ongoing issue. I would strive to collaborate with the Independent Student Council to discuss and plan potential programming to bring our communities together. My life has been touched in many ways by my relationships within and outside of the Greek community and I am determined to find a fiscal and realistic way to work towards unifying this class.  Unifying our class while holding onto our diverse and unique perspectives has the potential to spark significant and positive change strengthening the Butler Experience for all.
Transparency:
Second, I firmly believe that a strong leader should be one who always shows their constituents how they voted in all matters. I have always strived to be very transparent in my leadership style. We all place our trust in elected officials, and expect them to act in our best interest. The decisions made as a Class Officer directly affect the entire student body and I believe that our class is entitled to complete transparency.  After all, our entire class is trusting me and our class officers with a portion of their Student Activity Fee. With this goal, I am going to continue the practice that Matt Warren and I established, emailing out a monthly update to the class to keep everyone aware of and involved in what is going on around campus. In addition, I will continue publicizing the Student Ideas and Concerns Google Form we created last fall. With these forms of outreach, my goal is to assure that all concerns or ideas from our class, regardless of size, can be addressed in SGA Senate.
Efficiency:
Finally, I believe that a leader is not necessarily a strong leader unless they are productive with their time and budget when catering to the interests of those they serve. At the beginning of the year, I helped construct a survey to send to the class in order to gage interest in where our class would like their money to go. It is through acts as simple as a survey that allow me to interact with the class I represent, and the responses can go a long way. We took the results of this survey to heart as we crafted our plan for the year towards outreach-heavy events rather than spending the activity fees of over 1,200 students on trips that only 30 students can fiscally attend. With any position, whether it is in the business or political world, I believe it is necessary to be efficient with spending and evaluate whether any action is in the best interest of those I serve.

    1. Vice President

  • Sarah Diviney

  • Campus Involvement

  • In the fall, I was a BITS site leader, and I plan to be a site leader again next fall. We went to a high school downtown to clean up the rooms and the halls and to put together shelves. We hauled large items to the basement and did some sweeping and organizing, too. It may not have been a big deal for us, but the people who usually have to do those things got a break, and my team made their lives just a little bit easier. That’s what I strive to do for members of the Butler community.
    On Manuscripts, my fellow staff members and I convene once a week to read, discuss, and vote on literary submissions. We work as a team, since every opinion voiced is taken into consideration. Besides the members of the executive staff, no one individual’s role is more important than another, and I appreciate that team dynamic.
  • Qualifying Qualities and Characteristics

  • Eager to learn: I am involved on multiple levels here at Butler; I have two jobs, lots of classes, and I am a member of the Diversity Inclusion Board and Manuscripts. Through these commitments, I have learned more about Butler than I ever thought I would, and I’m learning so many things about myself that I didn’t know I wanted to find out. This past month alone, I have learned (on a basic level, at least) how to do everything from shelf-stocking to social networking. Every day, I am faced with new challenges that test my limits, and I am thankful for those, because I am growing and changing at a rate that astonishes me. I recognize that I still have a long way to go, and that there is always something to be improved, but I hope to be able to develop the culture and community at Butler to embrace new things in a similar way.
    Accepting of diversity and change: As a member of the Diversity Inclusion Board (DIB), I have become an avid supporter of diversity and acceptance of others. Each event I go to and every meeting I attend allows me to strengthen both my understanding of what “diversity” means and of the overall importance of diversity, especially at Butler. We, as members of a community and as members of society, should always be looking ahead and determining what must be changed in order to create a more ideal future for every individual.
    Team player: I believe that collaborative effort is incredibly valuable, especially when you take into account what that team is looking to accomplish. As a part of the SGA team, I would love to work with like-minded individuals to improve and achieve the 2020 vision. Standing up for what I believe in is so much easier to do, now that I have access to and knowledge of the incredible individuals on DIB. Without them, I wouldn’t have grown so much at Butler, and I may not have discovered what needed to be done here, or to what extent.
    Hard-working: I currently have two jobs on campus, and I am taking 18 credit hours. I am also on the Manuscripts team, and I am a member of the Diversity Inclusion Board. I find myself so busy because I am doing what I can to maximize my Butler experience and my personal development, and it seems to be paying off. If I were granted the position as class vice president, I would do whatever needed to be done to ensure that, within reason, students are getting what they want and need from SGA and the Butler community.
  • Platform

I am a person who believes in creating positive change, and I believe that working as a team is one of the most gratifying things people can do. I work to be an encouraging presence to those I interact with, and I care about the well-being of all Butler students. I know that there is much work to do here, and I want to be in a position to support that work as much as possible. I like to explore and to learn new things, and I want every voice at Butler to be heard. I will work alongside the class president to give those voices a platform, and to make them feel comfortable and safe on that platform. Everyone deserves an equal chance to benefit from and to contribute to the Butler community, and I stand in support of the 2020 vision.

Daniel Tinkey

Campus Involvement

I am a pound member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity where I serve on multiple committees around the house including scholarship, new member education, bylaws, and brotherhood committee. Through these committees I have helped build up the Chapter Advancement Program, have worked as a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Little Brother program to help mentor the new members, and helped our bylaws chair rewrite new bylaws for our house to make the chapter run smoothly.

Qualifying Qualities and Characteristics

I am very open and responsive to criticism, while also being strong-willed determined. This will allow me to effectively be a liaison between the Junior class and the Junior class President while also pushing ideas that could help promote SGA and push for what the people want in my meetings with my fellow class officers.

Platform

As a member of the Sophomore, soon to be Junior class, I look to provide a voice on SGA for all students by relaying ideas and topics, as well as bringing some of my own, to my fellow SGA members to change Butler’s campus for the better. I am a driven leader that can communicate with people and effectively and efficiently take my ideas upwards to places where change is needed.

Treasurer

Max Wickiser

Campus Involvement

  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Marketing Committee
  • Chapter Advancement Board
  • Accounting Club

Qualifying Qualities and Characteristics

Currently an accounting student with class experience of 203, 204, and 301. Gained experience through an accounting internship from summer of 2017. Possess leadership and time management skills.

Platform

As class treasurer I plan to spend money efficiently, save money for senior events, and provide accurate record keeping. By spending money efficiently we can expand other budgets for upcoming events. This would allow for more involvement from the class of 2020. I plan to work with other officers to ensure that the planned budget is for the greater good of the class.