General Election Candidate Platforms 2015-2016

 

Presidential Candidates

Mai Tong Yang- President

Hello, my name is Mai Tong Yang, a rising senior majoring in Political Science and I am running for the

position of President in the St. Ben's Senate. Since becoming a student here, I have been involved in

ILEAD, Asia Club, HAIS, and as an activists for progressive changes. My past experiences make me a great

candidate as the President. I tutored Somali kids in English, math, reading, and writing during my first

year while assuming the role of Boys & Girls Clubs Midwest Youth of the Year. I served as a Co‐Chair in

Asia Club during my sophomore year and gained experience with collaborating with different

organizations to implement cultural events for the campus. I believe I am hard‐working, open‐minded, and passionate about serving the interests of students at St. Ben's.

In the past year, I served on the Senate as the Cultural Affairs Representative and feel ready to take on

more responsibilities as the President of St. Ben's Senate. I understand that being on Senate is not an

easy task, nor do I expect it to be so. However, I know it will be productive and bring the change we wish

to see in our community. The St. Ben's Senate's motto is "Today's Senate for Today's Women". The face

of St. Ben's students are changing and so are the challenges they face in this community. To me, the

President serves as a liaison between students and administration by fostering a senate that is representative of all St. Ben's students.

We come together at a defining moment where we can inspire change through the Benedictine values.

St. Ben's is my home and I want every student to be able to feel the same. Here is my plan of action:

A) Stronger Senate Activism, Accountability, and Visibility - I will reinforce the importance of

Senate's responsibility to listen to student concerns and be vocal in advocating for your needs

and interests. As your president, I will make sure to have a strong and active presence in all the

issues that is important to our campus. With my leadership, Senate will be a key voice of student

opinion and leader in accordance with administration, faculty senate, and the community of St.

Joseph.

B) Igniting diversity and inclusivity ‐ Last year our college faced a student‐led protest against micro aggressions

due to the lack of institutional understanding to address these concerns. As your

president, I will work hard along with senators to create a comprehensive plan to make all

students feel welcomed at our school. The Senate's motto is "Today's Senate for Today's

Women". The face of St. Ben's students are changing and as a Benedictine college we cannot

forget our roots to welcome diversity. I will ensure that senate is in communication with clubs

and administration about ways to make our students feel more included within our community.

C) Having an active role in strategic planning - The college is our home and I believe that students

should have an active role in the new strategic direction 2020 plan. Serving on senate allowed

me to be involved in the process of the new strategic plan but I believe that more student voices

needs to be heard by administration. Although most of us will have graduated by 2020, it is

important to have student involvement and leadership in such a crucial point for our new

college President Mary Hinton.

I am asking you to join me in igniting the vision and change we hope to see for the College of St.

Benedict. I cannot wait to join a great group of passionate women leaders!

Erin Ryan-Mosley- President

Good Evening Everyone.

This will be my third election speech and my third time running to be apart of the Saint Ben's Student Senate.  With that said, I want to start my speech off a little differently than my others. 

1913- St. Ben's was founded. 

1961- CSB branches out and becomes an independent institution.

1970s- CSB triples its growth.

2012- recipient of the nationally recognized Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

Clearly, the College of Saint Benedict has had many additional incredible achievements and recognitions that I did not mention, but I'm here to focus on the future.  What's next? In the year 2020 or 2050 when the candidates running for the Student Senate are standing here where I am standing today giving a similar speech I am giving today, what will they say about the year 2015 and 2016? What are we ready to change? What are we ready to accomplish?

As some of you may know, my name is Erin Ryan-Mosley, and I am a junior working on my sociology major and Hispanic studies minor. Who knows what will happen after I graduate, but right now I hope to continue on the path of Social Work and working with mistreated teens and children. For now, I want to focus on what needs to be done before graduation.

If there is one thing I have learned in being apart of the student senate, is that change is possible. That we have a voice. That what the student body thinks, matters.  In running for the position of President, my main objective is to portray that message to our student body.

I am a great candidate for the position of President because I love working with people. Working with people has always been a passion of mine. I strongly believe that strong relationships are the base of a strong community. Thankfully, community is portrayed throughout all aspects of this campus.

If elected as President of the St. Bens Student Senate, I will not only keep these relationships alive and thriving, but I will do my best to improve and bring forth a new found transparency between the students, faculty and administration. We are all a team.  The faculty and administration are here to help us.

In being apart of the wonderful CSB Senate for the past 2 years, I know not to only focus on the position assigned to you, but to be a strong and effective member of the Senate, as well. Working together is key, and I am only as strong as my other Senators. In being a past captain of the CSB lacrosse team, a student coordinator for the student ambassador program and next year's manager of Clemens Perk, I know I thrive in a leadership position. Most importantly, I prioritize listening to other's opinions and ideas. I am organized in my work and willing to work hard for these Bennies.  I view myself as approachable, and this is necessary as the President of the student senate.

Being in Senate is a time commitment that requires a lot of work, and I am most definitely prepared to put forth the effort.  It would be an honor and top priority of mine to serve as President of the College of Saint Benedict Student Senate.

Michelle Hansmann- President

Hello, my name is Michelle Hansmann and I am a junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Theology and Psychology. I am running for the position of President on the Saint Ben's Senate. As a rising senior, this is a role that I feel ready to embrace. I am a qualified candidate as I have served as Community Representative on the CSB Senate both my sophomore and junior year and have fully invested in and committed to my Senate responsibilities.

I realize that the role of President is not about myself; the purpose is to serve the students at the College of Saint Benedict. I am not seeking the position of President to simply boost my resume or gain practical political experience. Rather, I am running for President because I believe that I would best be able to serve our Senate and the College of Saint Benedict students in this leadership position.

My previous experience as Community Representative on the Saint Ben's Senate makes me a wonderful candidate for the position of President, as I have maintained a positive working relationship with the town of St. Joseph, the monastery, and alumnae. Serving as Community Representative allowed me to engage in the public policy process at the local and institutional level. My role involved active participation and collaboration with the city council and community organizations. I was proud to plan and coordinate the celebration of Bennie Day and the Feast of Saint Benedict as well as an annual Community Clean Up. Planning Bennie Day was my main project this fall and it was extremely successful in shirt sales and participation. I was able to bring organization and inventory to better manage the sales of Bennie shirts and incorporate the Sisters into the celebration. My work has always reflected my values of service and community engagement.

In addition to my previous Senate experience, I have past political experience in related roles as Student Representative for Corcoran Parks and Trails Committee and Student Jury Member for Wright County Teen Court. Each of these examples demonstrates my assortment of involvement and service within my hometown community.

Working as a Hospitality Assistant at the Collegeville Institute demonstrates my ability to communicate effectively and listen empathetically. I also have extensive experience in program management and event planning, which would enable me to make an immediate contribution to the CSB Senate. My involvement at Saint Ben's is extensive and includes Hynes Scholars alumna and current Jackson Fellow where I will be working with Catholic Charities for the summer. I will also be working as a Student Leadership Coordinator for the Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning. My encounters and exposure to people of different backgrounds and beliefs has enriched my understanding of diversity and further developed my interpersonal relation skills.  As a Research Assistant for the Department of Sociology, I had the opportunity to conduct professional and polite correspondence and present our thematic analysis at public presentations. These are all necessary skills that I have to be a successful President of Saint Ben's Senate.

I understand the expectations of President requires a lot of time and energy and that is something I am able and excited to commit to the CSB Senate! The Saint Ben's Senate President attends and chairs Executive Board meetings, CSB Senate meetings, as well as meets regularly with the Senate advisors, CSB President, Saint John's Senate President and CSB/SJU Deans of Students. She is expected to hold committees and task force teams accountable to accomplishing goals throughout the semester while maintaining open communication with various campus leaders and being willing to answer questions and address issues as they arise. I would like to see more accountability within the CSB Senate and would do my best to encourage and inspire all senators to thrive in their positions and delegate tasks accordingly. As CSB Senate President, I would strive to set a positive example and urge senators to generously allocate funds to campus organizations and initiatives that exemplify what it means to be a Bennie and which promote our Benedictine values.

St. Ben's is deeply enriched by the amount of cultural diversity present on our campus. This is something that I value and it is important to me that we continue to focus on cultural awareness conversations in making sure everyone in our community recognizes the importance of each individual voice. As Senate President, I would be honored for the opportunity to represent Bennies of all colors and creeds. I consider myself a feminist and recognize the value and importance of women leaders. As President I would focus on women's empowerment in leadership in the St. Ben's community. This quality makes me unique as my feminist perspective is at the forefront of each decision I make. My self-identification as a feminist makes me an appropriate candidate for Senate President because I would be a direct representation of the women leadership present in all Bennies.

I have had a wonderful experience on Senate and would like to continue that involvement with the leadership position of President. I consider myself to be an ambitious and assertive person. I am outgoing, friendly, and always willing to get the work done. My communication skills and responsible character are terrific traits for this position. Serving on Senate as President would be the perfect opportunity to continue with my enthusiasm for our wonderful group of women leaders. With my passion and dedication to our work as senators and my involvement with the local community, I would make an excellent President for the coming year. I would love your vote for this position, and would be excited to serve you as President on Saint Ben's Senate.

 

Vice President Candidates

Bethany Purkapile- Vice President

Hi, my name is Bethany Purkapile, a junior political science major and psychology minor. I am running for Vice President for the Saint Benedict's Senate. Since my first days at Saint Ben's, Senate was something that I was interested in. Having been Student Activities Representative this past year, I fell in love with being a senator.

A large part of our campuses are focused on the integration of activities. It is these events that create our community and the memories that will always remain fond in our own hearts.  This role in senate is incredibly important, not just to me, but to both campuses and all students. Vice President holds a very important role on the Senate. This past year, I watched our Vice President work diligently to help make CSB a better place for all students. My hope is to continue her legacy and broaden our horizons.  I understand fully the responsibility of Vice president and what this position means to the senate as a whole. I have given this decision a very deliberate thought and I am ready to accept the trials and triumphs that come with this role.

I believe that I am qualified for this position. This past year, I was Student Activities representative for the Saint Ben's Senate. This role allowed to find my voice and passion for leadership on campus and beyond that. In the past, and throughout my four years in high school, I participated in planning and coordinating between three different groups: Ministry, volunteer service and student activities.  I organized between these groups and acted as a sponsor to help create a community in my school. Although it was part of my past, I loved every moment of it. It was extremely rewarding to watch my peers participate and further establish relationships and community within the school. Along with Lasallian Youth Ministries, I also participated in planning and leading the underclassmen's retreat. It was in these events that I established my passion to lead and to coordinate.

I would be honored and love to be Vice President and if given the opportunity to fill this role, I would be committed to being a leader that represents all of the student body. 

Trustee Candidates

Maria Knudsen- Trustee

One year. 365 days. That's how long its been since I last stood at this podium and declared the reasons I wanted to become a member of the St. Ben's Senate, and one year ago, I made the best decision of my life. I made the decision to learn, to take a chance, and most importantly, to step out of my comfort zone. There is not growth without discomfort and believe me... In the past year I must have grown a lot.

Spending this past year as the treasurer has been an incredible experience. At times I felt challenged, but in these moments, I grew into a more confident leader. Becoming treasurer, at the time, was not in my comfort zone, but looking back, not only am I proud of my decision, but I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. Fore, it has given me the opportunity to fine tune my skills and build connections. And this year, I will again step out of my comfort zone as I hope to embark on a new journey as I declare my candidacy for trustee.

Trustee is a position that requires excellent communication and professional skills, and as a communication major, I feel as though this position is perfect for me. As trustee, I would not only uphold and maintain the senate constitution, but I would act as a voice for all students as a member of the Board of Trustees. As trustee, I would once again sit as a member of the executive board, where I would be able to help create a smooth transition and aid the new president and vice president in becoming acclimated with the processes of this board.

As a current member of the Saint Ben's Senate I feel as though the skills and lessons I have learned in my time would make me an exceptional retuning member. As a senator I have learned how to collaborate effectively with not only my fellow senators, but with the diverse members of our student population. I have also built connections with faculty and departments through my work on various committees and projects. My position of treasurer allowed me the chance to be a member of the CSB/SJU Coordinate Finance Committee where I initiated my relationship with trustees and critical members of our campus community. These connections that I have built would transfer over into the position of Trustee, as I would continue to foster these critical relationships.

After a rewarding and successful year as treasurer, I hope to use my skills to continue to better this campus as trustee. There is nothing more important to me, as a senator, than making each bennies experience here as positive as mine has been.  I would be honored to get the opportunity to lead, inspire and motivate the women of this campus in the 2015-2016 school year. If there is anything I have learned, and taken away from senate this past year, it is to be brave, bold, courageous, always let your light shine, and most importantly, to always jump at the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone.

Treasurer Candidates

Brianna Johnson- Treasurer

My name is Brianna Johnson and I am currently a freshman here at the College of St. Benedict and am majoring in Biology with a pre-med focus.  I am running for the position of Treasurer in the St. Ben's Senate.  I honestly never thought I would be running for a position in the St. Ben's Senate, but I realized that I wanted to help make a difference with others who have a passion for helping the St. Ben's community to continue to work together for the benefit of everyone.  I would like to help make contributions to others' activities and help others excel in what they are devoted to as well.  It would be a great learning experience for me, and would give me the opportunity to be more knowledgeable in handling finances and organizing budgets for clubs and organizations.

            It takes effort and hard work to be part of the Senate.  I believe I am responsible, trustworthy, and mature to carry out the tasks that are required of the treasurer.  I have always been diligent in saving my money and only spending it when I need to, which would make me a responsible treasurer.  The treasurer must also be well-informed with other clubs' needs and finances as well.  Many people may think of the treasurer as a person who just deals with where the money is and where the money is going, but it is much more interesting and requires a very trustworthy candidate.  The treasurer also must meet with other committees and organizations to discuss financial records and statements.  This requires someone who is organized and is wise with how they handle money.

            During high school I was a member of National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, President of the French Club, captain of the varsity swim team, flute section leader of the Wind Ensemble for three years, and one of the valedictorians of my graduating class.  I am a hard-worker and would love to dedicate my time to work with wonderful bennies just as driven as I am.  There may be other candidates running for this position that are highly qualified, but if I do get elected as the future treasurer of the St. Ben's Senate, I will try to always give my best effort.  Thank you.

Public Relations Representative Candidates

Meredith Jarchow- Public Relations Representative

Hello, my name is Meredith Jarchow, and I am a first year student majoring in political science and communications. I am running for the position of Public Relations Representative in the St. Ben's Senate. During my time as a communications major, I have become very interested in public relations, and knew that this position was for me. After my first two semesters here, I have become one of the most passionate Bennies on campus. I love my CSB/SJU community and good not think of a better way to give back to the extraordinary institution that has provided me with so many opportunities. 

Being a member of the Senate takes hours of dedication and hard work. The public relations representative position requires an organized, hard-working Bennie that is willing to put in the hours to promote the Senate and St. Ben's. Public relations is important to every type of group, company, and organization. From a communications stand point, public relations is key in showcasing how great our college is. This means promotion through social media, events, and other outlets. I believe that this is one of the most important positions in the Senate because it helps determine how widely known our school and Senate are. This directly affects students, faculty, and prospective students. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, distributing press releases, coordinating orientation activities and Bennie Day, and design the webpage. 

I believe that I am extremely qualified for the position of public relations representative. I currently serve as the Media Relations Representative for the CSB/SJU College Republicans which involves many of the duties outlined for the public relations position. It has been my first leadership position here at CSB/SJU and have learned a lot about how to promote the club through social media and emails. I am also a member of the CSB Rugby team and am a writer for The Record. I currently work at the Mary Commons Info Desk and have experience in awareness of the school, inventory for mail, and various phone call skills. Before I came to St. Ben's, I led my peers as drum major in the marching band, was a cheerleading captain, participated as first chair flute, served as a mentor and tutor, and was a committee board member of the National Honor Society.      

I would like to thank the Senate for taking the time to review my application and giving me this opportunity to run. I am a qualified, dedicated, and hard-working, and will be a great asset to the Senate. I am extremely passionate about this school, and I believe that as the Public Relations Assistant I will be able to promote St. Ben's and highlight all of the amazing aspects about this great school.  I hope to be able to become a part of this great group of women and use my talents and abilities to help grow our community.

Allocations Chair Candidates

Kaitlyn Ludlow- Allocations Chair

Good evening. My name is Kaitlyn Ludlow and I am running for the position of Allocations Chair for the College of Saint Benedict Senate. I am an upcoming junior and an Elementary Education major. Along with being a current senator, I am a member of the Blazer golf team, Joint Events Council, a student employee for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Admission Department, and a writer for The Record. I am extremely involved on campus but I think this only makes me a better senator. I meet and see different students with unique perspectives on campus issues and happenings on a daily basis. With being so involved this year, not only am I gaining knowledge on how to balance my time, I am also learning even more about what our campus and community have to offer. I am full of experience, enthusiasm, and expertise in the field of allocations and clubs.

This year, I am a club auditor on the Saint Ben's Senate. As a club auditor, I am in charge of allocating small amounts of money or not allocating money to a number of on-campus clubs that were given to me. On Monday nights, the Co-Funding Board convenes and debates whether larger sums of funding that were requested should be allocated to the clubs. In the future, I hope to lead these meetings as the Allocations Chair. With my involvement as club auditor this year, I believe I have the experience to make a great Allocations Chair for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

Shortly into my first semester as a club auditor, Monday Co-Funding Board meetings became the highlight of my week. In addition, I also volunteered to be a member of the Joint Club Board. On Joint Club Board, we hear requests for potential clubs at St. Ben's and St. John's. We then debate and approve or deny clubs. I am extremely enthusiastic about the Co-Funding Board, Joint Club Board and Senate as a whole. With enthusiasm, comes passion and opinion. I am not afraid to voice my honest opinion in meetings; which I believe is a big part of being an affective Co-Funding Board member and senator. I enjoy being able to have a say in what activities and events happen on our campus.

In regards to Co-Funding Board and Joint Club Board, I am very knowledgeable about the bylaws. Having been a club auditor for two full semesters, I am confident I know how to be an effective member of the Co-Funding Board. I believe I am an expert when it comes to the guidelines, parliamentary procedures and clubs.

I would like to thank everyone for taking time out of their Sunday night to listen to me share why I would make a good candidate for Allocations Chair of the Saint Ben's Senate next school year. I believe I have the experience, enthusiasm and expertise to continue making a positive impact on the Saint Ben's Senate. Thank you again and have a wonderful night!

 

Upperclass Representative Candidates

Jocelyn Alcala- Upper Class Representative

Hi, my name is Jocelyn Alcala, a current Sophomore majoring in Elementary Education and I am running for the position of Student Issues Representative for the Upper class in the St. Ben's Senate. Working on the Faith Communities team in Campus Ministry has helped me realize how much power a student has to change to school.  I was a bridge from the Hispanic community to the new Hispanic ministry in Campus Ministry. I have made it my personal goal to get to know or at least meet every student in my year.   

I understand that being a member of the Senate takes time and hard work.  The Student Issues Representative position requires someone to be responsible, organized, self-disciplined and social. The person running for this position needs to portray Benedictine Values and especially engage in the value of Listening. Our community allows for this position to be able to work with the Residential Life, the Physical plant, and even the St. Joseph Community. Acting as a liaison with senate and the students in the Junior and Senior Class would be something that I would love to experience.

I am dedicated to be a listener to my fellow Bennies and advocate for whatever they may need. Since Upper-class students usually live in apartments, I would like to sustain a more communal environment by working with Residential Life to create activities that build our community. This past fall I served as the Religions Coordinator in the Exploring Latin American cultures Club.  I have realized that I have a passion for listening to others and doing something where there needs to be a change

When I was in high school I was part of our student council. Throughout high school and college I have had a passion for doing service on campus and off campus. I think that it would be a good experience to have an upper-class service project in which all Juniors and Seniors could help with something in St. Joe or anywhere that needs help. The experience I have had in the past has given me the drive to do great things and be involved in school.  I am a positive, focused, and dedicated person and am willing to work for you, Juniors and Seniors. As Mother Teresa once said "At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in." That is my aspiration in life; To serve others.

Underclass Representative Candidates

Meghan Mullon- Under Class Rep.

Hello, my name is Meghan Mullon. I am an incoming sophomore majoring in Political Science and English and I am running for the position of Underclass Student Issues Representative. I am thrilled to have the chance to run for a position in the Senate. This community is full of very special women whom I have grown to respect and care about. If there is anything that has inspired me to place my name on the ballot, it is my pride in the unique identity that the women of St. Ben's have forged for themselves. I would be honored to serve the CSB community in any way that I can, and it is my belief that SBS is the best place to do that.

            My dedication to this student body is unwavering, and it is for that reason that I do no take the responsibility of the Senate lightly. I will perform to the best of my ability in all areas and strive to live up to the prestige of my position. I understand that I will be in charge of keeping my fellow underclassmen informed of the Senate's proceedings and that I alone will represent their interests; I will do my utmost to accurately portray the needs and desires of my colleagues. Additionally, I understand that I shall have one vote, be a member of the Housing Appeals Committee and the Food Service Appeals Committee, meet regularly with the Director of Security, keep in regular contact with the Director of Residential Life and oversee the maintenance of Mary Commons. I will also coordinate first-year introduction to SBS during orientation in the fall.

            I believe that my experience qualifies me for this position. Since beginning classes here in the fall, I have taken classes involving public policy and have participated in simulations which have placed me in scenarios of practical problem solving as well those which required critical thought and analysis. I have begun volunteering at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, which has allowed me to keep informed on political events and better understand how policy is made and implemented. In high school, I was an active member of the National Honors Society, which demonstrated to me the importance of service and involvement. I spent four years in my high school's volleyball program, which taught how to lead and positively influence those around you (I was voted MVP, Best Leadership and Most Spirit by my teammates). My senior year, I was a teacher's assistant, which gave me experience in creating and implementing curriculum as well as tutoring. When all that was said and done, I graduated with honors.

            My hope is that in serving in the SBS will allow me to utilize my strengths and improve my weaknesses. I will work diligently to live up to the importance of my position and shape good relationships with my fellow senators and Bennies. I don't think I can ever fully repay the wonderful experiences that the College of St. Benedict has given me, but I believe that serving on the St. Ben's Senate is an excellent place to start.

Emily Webster- Under Class Rep

My name is Emily Webster, and I am a sophomore here at the College of Saint Benedict working on a double major in Communication and Hispanic Studies.  This spring I am running for the position of Underclass Representative for the next academic year. I have always been drawn towards the Saint Ben's Senate because of the work and impact this group has on campus. I have made the decision to run for the Underclass Representative, as I believe I can provide the first-years and sophomore classes with the voice they deserve. I am also eager to become apart of an organization filled with strong, intelligent women. This group of women is a small fraction of our school but reflects our institution extraordinarily well.

After reading the roles of the Underclass Representative, I am prepared to take on these responsibilities. I firmly believe that the first two years of college are crucial for growth of the individual, and I would love to have the opportunity to help first-years and sophomores with that growth. It will become my duty to hear the needs of first-years and sophomores and represent them to my full ability. I am a very open and approachable person; I encourage you to bring your ideas or concerns forward. Being involved regularly with other departments and overseeing Mary Commons are responsibilities I am ready to undertake through my strong skills in organization, communication and time-management.

Working as a team player has always been important to me. Discussing and collaborating ideas with others will give me the opportunity to learn more from those around me. Viewing the Saint Ben's Senate as a team will motivate the members to work together and help one another, because everyone has to be strong and succeed for the whole team to succeed.

Motivating others is a true passion of mine. I enjoy seeing people achieve their goals, which is why I decided to become a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister Program in Stearns County. This experience has taught me that helping others to see their true potential can change their life for the better. Through the Underclass Representative position I will help motivate and show the underclassman that they can achieve whatever they put their mind to.

As a member of next years Hynes Scholars Cohort, we will be learning about the relationship between leadership and gender. I will bring that education into the Saint Ben's Senate, because I believe in giving women great leadership opportunities. Having a deep understanding about leadership and gender is an important skill in today's society. 

Ever since I toured the College of Saint Benedict my junior year of high school and saw the pictures of the Saint Ben's Senate hanging on the wall of the Haehn Campus Center I have wanted to become apart of this intelligent group of women that represent this remarkable institution. 

Casey Zins- Underclass Representative

 

Hi my name is Casey Zins I am a first year majoring in physics, on the pre-engineering track.  I am running for the position on Under-Class Representative. I am interested in this position because I believe I could be a positive link between the students and the administration. I would love to be able to work side by side with the administrative staff as well as other members of the CSB community in order to maintain the outstanding level of communication. The College of Saint Benedict has an outstanding environment and I would strive to ensure that the underclassmen feel there voice contains valuable input and is being heard.

I understand that being a member of the CSB Senate is a large responsibility. This is a responsibility I feel I am equipped to handle, in high school, I was a member of The National Honors Society, Student Council, Speech and Debate, and our Social Justice Movement. I have been able to prove in these positions that I am an effective speaker capable of facilitating to the needs of a diverse membership.  I believe that my experience in these clubs and originations will allow me to be a positive resource for the underclassmen. I enjoy talking to others and believe that communication is the cornerstone to every successful community environment; because of this I enjoy hearing and discussing a wide range of opinions on different problems and their possible solutions.

I believe the College of Saint Benedict is an outstanding institution and I hope to do my part in continuing on this great legacy by fostering communication and opportunity for underclassman students.

Club Auditor Candidates

Fieasha Johnson- Club Auditor

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) has made remarkable progress since its inception in 1913. We are one of the few Women's Colleges in the United States, and have managed to successfully merge with St. John's University while maintaining our independence. I have come to love this institution for its uniqueness and rich history; and serving as Club Auditor on Senate this past semester has made me better appreciate what it means to be a Bennie. To this end, I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve the student body one last time. My name is Fieasha Johnson. I am a rising senior, and I am re-running for the Club Auditor Position for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. I realized that my time on Senate was short-lived, only being one semester; and I would like the opportunity to finish what I have only just started.

 My past experiences on Senate, and my background in Accounting make me the ideal Candidate for the club auditor position. Club Auditors act as liaisons between club treasurers, The St. Bens Senate and The Student Activities Office. We are responsible for ensuring that clubs spend their allocated funds in accordance with Co-Funding Board guidelines, and conduct monthly club audits. I am currently a Club Auditor on Senate, and have become very familiar with the position's obligations and requirements. I have also had the opportunity to intern with three Big Four Public Accounting firms, and have participated in audit training at all three firms. I plan to apply the skills acquired through the audit training to the Club Auditor position, and believe that I can bring valuable input to the Co-Funding Board.

I am passionate about becoming a Club Auditor, because I connect with the position and aspire to become an auditor upon graduating. I am also equally as passionate about making a difference in my community, and helping other Bennies learn to love this institution as much as I do. My experiences here at The College of Saint Benedict have been like no other. I have fallen in love with the strong sense of community here, and the institution's willingness accommodate each student's individual needs. This semester, I assisted in introducing colored printing options to Clemens Computer Lab, and would like the opportunity to continue to make CSBSJU a better institution for everyone. I hope that my enthusiasm resonates in this platform, and you would consider voting in my favor.

Nomin Angarag- Club auditor

Hello fellow Bennies! My name is Nomin Angarag, a first year majoring in Political

Science and Economics and I am running for the position of CSB Club Auditor in the St. Ben's

Senate. I came from sunny Los Angeles, California to attend College of Saint Benedict because

I fell in love with this community. In late March, I came to visit CSB during one of the fly-in

weekends and on my way to McGlynn's with my host, I saw pictures on the wall of women in the

same, matching red shirts. As my host explained what the Senate does for CSB, I knew from

that moment that I wanted to be part of the Senate. This all happened about a year ago and

now I am here as a freshman, eagerly waiting to be an active member of this community.

 The reason why I'm applying for this position is because I want to step out of my

comfort zone and to be part of this community we now call home. I understand that being a part

of the Senate takes hard work and dedication, I am more than willing to work harder than

anyone else. I also understand that the position of the club auditor requires someone who's

focused and organized, a voting member of the SBS Allocations Board, someone who conducts

monthly audits of appointed clubs, and someone who maintains a working relationship with club

officers and students.

 I believe what makes me the perfect candidate for this position is my level of ambition

and determination. I want to be an active member of this community that I now will call home for the next four years with a group of women who work together to be the voice of this community.

Anna Hueg- Club Auditor

Hello, my name is Anna Hueg, a rising junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Political Science and Gender Studies. I am running for the position of Club Auditor for fall semester. Serving on the St. Ben's Senate would be the ideal opportunity to share my ideas with other student leaders in order to give back to our college and meet the needs of our student body.

Being a member of the Senate is a commitment I am passionate about. As a club auditor, I will be responsible for acting as a liaison between the Senate and clubs on campus, as well as interacting with the St. John's Senate on the co-funding board. By maintaining relationships with on-campus clubs, I will have an opportunity to make visible changes on the CSB/SJU campus. My involvement as a Hynes Scholar, Benedictine Friend, and Writing Center tutor gives me a broad spectrum of experiences that allow me to effectively represent St. Ben's campus. I am passionate about being a Bennie and every decision I make as Club Auditor will be made with the best interests of my fellow CSB/SJU students in mind.

Dedication, creativity, and organization are three qualities that I possess that make me an excellent candidate for this position. I am the type of person who believes, "If you want to see a change, go out and make one." I do not shy away from a challenge, but rather, see an opportunity to bring about a positive change that I can be proud of and that will benefit the greater good. My creativity allows me to bring about such results. I thrive working in a group setting and brainstorming unexpected solutions to a problem. I am an effective leader, in part because I am organized. This allows me to proactively manage your concerns and address them within the Senate in a timely and respectful manner.

If elected, I look forward to serving the CSB/SJU community by forming effective relationships between on-campus clubs and the co-funding board. I am excited to serve you as a Club Auditor on St. Ben's Senate.

 

Women's Issues Representative Candidates

Elle Larsen- Womens issues Representative

My name is Elle Larsen and I am running for the Women's Issues Representative position for the fall of 2015. I am a junior Gender Studies major and I am passionate about women's empowerment. Last fall I joined the CSB Senate as the Women's Issues Representative and I believe that experience has prepared me to perform my duties expertly if elected again. 

Saint Ben's is a unique community because we are a women-only institution. We live together, learn together, and succeed together. CSB Senate realizes this, and has a position that is meant to help address the unique needs of women.  The Women's Issues Representative serves as a connection between the Sister Nancy Hynes Institute for Women's Leadership and the CSB Senate. This means this representative needs to understand what is important to the women of the college, and translate that into actions and policies on campus.

The incumbent of this position also works with the Health Advocates and serve as a part of the Student Health Advisory Committee. Women and men differ biologically and therefore have different health needs; as a part of this committee I can help address the most pressing needs of students. The leading causes of death for women in the U.S. are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. I feel that at CSB we do not have information or programs for prevention of these illnesses readily available. If elected I would like to help raise awareness of these illnesses and aid our community in forming healthy habits that last long after graduation.

 

Because I have chosen Gender Studies as my major, most of my class time is spent thinking about how gender plays an integral part of one's human experience. I am passionate about creating an environment where women of all backgrounds are supported, encouraged, and nurtured to reach their fullest potential and be the best version of themselves. I feel that I have received all of this during my time here, and it is rewarding to help my peers accomplish the same.

 

I hope to continue my time on the CSB Senate and serve my fellow Bennies to the very best of my abilities.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Megan Myers-Womens Issues Representative

My name is Megan Myers.  I am a sophomore Bennie majoring in Nutrition (Food Studies Concentration) and Economics, and minoring in Accounting.  I am a driven and respectful individual who wants to serve the community by being the Women's Issues Representative on the College of Saint Benedict Student Senate.

            The key influences that motivate me to serve others are God and my fellow Bennies.  God creates all beings with love and blesses every one of them with numerous talents and gifts.  His gracious support and unending love drive me to serve others in a way that enables all to let their true selves shine.  I am also inclined to be a servant to others due to leverage of the Bennie sisterhood.  At the College of Saint Benedict, women from across the world are united by their commitment to academic excellence and personal growth in a community built upon tenacity and perseverance.  I am honored to be in the presence of so many phenomenal women who dare to achieve their goals and follow their passions.  The women of this campus enlighten me to embrace my inner spirit that desires to change the world.  I wish to give back to these women by serving in a way that truly encompasses the belief of being a light to the world.

            With my desire for serving intact, I am inclined to be the Women's Issues Representative.  Women's empowerment is a passion of mine.  I believe that all individuals deserve the right to follow their dreams and receive adequate treatment.  As part of the Hynes Scholars Cohort, I have experienced firsthand how gender impacts leadership and how to create positive social change by being a woman.  Further, I was privileged to attend the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in Washington D.C. last May where I gained insight as to how women can improve the world through dedication and action.  I also actively volunteer with the Institute for Women's Leadership and support the mission and goals of the Men's Development Institute.  Further, I am extremely organized and determined. While some may find it to be arduous, I enjoy planning and goal-setting.  I feel that commitment and dedication yields to success.  Finally, I love this campus and I wish to serve this phenomenal community that has illuminated my passion for learning and discovery.  I want to be a leader who symbolizes what it truly means to be a Bennie, much like the women who embolden me to follow my heart and beliefs.

            My name is Megan Myers and I am inspired to serve on the College of Saint Benedict Student Senate.

Kathryn Hockman- Women Issues Representative

Hello members of the Senate, my name is Kathryn Hockman, and I am a first year majoring in political science. I am running for the position of Women's Issues Representative in the St. Ben's Senate. With an all-female population we have amazing opportunities to promote leadership roles for women. When I researched opportunities to serve on the Senate, Women's Representative strongly caught my interest. Having the chance to serve as Women's Representative for the Senate is terrific opportunity to empower our community, raise awareness about Women's issues and help create activities that encourage Bennie leadership. I look forward for the opportunity to give back to the St Ben's community in this role.

This Senate position requires a strong commitment and resolve to create a better community for the students. It is essential to have a representative that is passionate about women's issues, and dedicated to creating activities and raising awareness of the challenges that face women today. Although it has been over 50 years since women won the right to vote, we still face discrimination and inequality in our current times. In today's world the idea of feminism is often frowned upon and attacked by those who believe that women do not deserve an equal playing field. This Senate position would allow me to reach out to both the Bennie and Johnnie student population and educate them on current issues that face women. I will also work closely with the IWL empowering the Bennie community and helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Working with Health Advocates I will provide resources on issues that face women such as sexual assault, eating disorders and domestic violence. There are many areas in this position that I am excited to get engaged in and make improvements.

I have multiple leadership opportunities that would make me an excellent candidate for this position. During my First Year I have been involved in a variety of activities such as the CSBSJU crew team, a McCarthy Center volunteer and am on the Special Events Committee of JEC.  I have been chosen as a FYRE retreat leader next year.  In High School I was a member of NHS, Junior Optimists Club, active Girl Scout leader and a team leader for Faith Formation at my church. This year I have also worked with the IWL at the Anna Marie's Alliance. I am also working with the CSB women's choir coordinating the next Still I Rise concert, an event raising awareness about domestic violence through music. 

I am a dedicated, motivated and determined to do the best job possible in this position. I know there are many talented candidates running for this position. What sets me apart is my strong belief in creating opportunities for women and raising awareness about the issues that we face today. I am very excited to have an opportunity to join an organization whose motto is "Today's Senate for Senate's Women". I will strive to enable women to be strong community leaders and work on creating a means for students to voice their opinions. I look forward to working with a group of women who are tirelessly dedicated to bringing our community together.

 

Kenea M. Andrews- Womens Issues Representative

Hello, my name is Kenea M. Andrews. I am a sophomore Biology major and Gender Studies minor and I am running for the Women's Issues Representative in the St. Ben's Senate.

I am fully aware that being a part of a group of women dedicated to enhancing the college experience for women at St. Ben's is a job that requires organization, hard-work, skill and passion for the nature of the job. I can assure you that these are traits I possess.

 An individual in a position to represent women and their rights must be friendly, approachable, respectful, intelligent and both interculturally and internationally competent. In the past two years I have spent as a CSB woman, I have been selected to participate in two panel discussions on campus focused on Women's Issues and Rights. This publicly shows that I can articulate myself in a professional manner and also give my opinions and views as it pertains to feminism and equality. Also, I have taken a steps forward toward broadening my horizon to be a representative of all cultures and backgrounds by attending this year's Power In Diversity Conference at St. Cloud State University.

As far as the duties and responsibilities of the Women's Issues representative position, I can proudly proclaim that I have already begun dedicating my time and love for St. Ben's. I have spent my entire sophomore year as a Hynes Scholar, which is a cohort of women dedicated to the exploration of leadership and gender roles. Furthermore, as an extension of being a part of this cohort, I spent time in meetings and collaboration with the Institute of Women's Leadership to help to bring to the College of St. Benedict's Women's month, under the theme, "Dare to be." This was something I fully enjoyed and is an indication that I will be fully engaged and dedicated to this position.

 My past experience portrays a leader and hopefully will inspire you to believe in me to represent you as Women's Issues Representative. W.E.B. Dubois said it best when he said, "There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise." It is my hope that you will support me by voting for me in my endeavors to continue give back to the College of St. Benedict.

Hannah Salto- Women's Issue Representative

Hello, my name is Hannah Salto. I am currently a sophomore with a double major in English and Communication, and I am running for the position of Women's Issue Representative on the St. Ben's Senate. I am a member of the Hynes Scholar cohort that is run through the Institute for Women's Leadership on campus. My involvement in this program furthers my passion for women's issues, and I believe that I am prepared to take on a leadership role to inform the men and women on both campuses of the need for activism.

            The Senate does a lot of great work on campus, and I understand the important responsibility of this position. The woman in this position needs to understand the social, political, and economic issues that women face today. I believe that I am well educated on these issues and have the ability to inform the community about them. I also believe that my communication abilities and passion for this topic will allow me to encourage action on the campuses to make a greater difference.

            My past and current experiences as a leader and women's activist have prepared me for a position such as this. I am currently an RA in the First Year Area and have seen the issues firsthand in resident interactions. I am a leader among these young women, and I am there to guide them through this transition. I want to make a difference for women on this campus, so they feel they can thrive in this community. As previously mentioned, I am a Hynes Scholar, which allows me to address and understand women's issues and how to overcome them. I have a newfound and deep-rooted passion for women's issues that would bring a new spark to this topic on campus.

            I am a dedicated, ambitious, and driven young woman who believes in the rights of women. I would love the opportunity to be a representative of these issues on the St. Ben's Senate to guide our students to a deeper understanding and appreciation of women's issues.

            There are several wonderful candidates who are interested in this position, and I am confident that they would all do a phenomenal job leading the campus in this area. Please consider electing me to the Women's Issue Representative because of my passion and drive for the topic.

            As Mother Teresa said, "The good you do today will often be forgotten; do good anyway." Please allow me to do good for this campus as the Women's Issue Representative.

  

Sustainability Representative Candidates

Ashley Phillips- Sustainability Representative

Hello, my name is Ashley Phillips and I am very excited to be running for Sustainability Representative in the St. Ben's Senate for the 2015 fall semester. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies with the interest and goal of attending law school. Perhaps some of you know me from music, soccer, campus ministry, or you may have seen me at a cultural event on campus. If not, one characteristic to know about me is that I am a very devoted student to everything I do, both in the realm of academics/activities but also in many other aspects, such as community service.

I am confident I would be dedicated to serving and fulfilling the responsibilities of the Sustainability Representative. I understand the position entitles communicating with the administration and informing students about issues regarding environmental, economic, and equity issues on campus. I would be an active member of the Saint John's Outdoor University Council and be a member of the following: College Sustainability Council, Sustainability Alliance, Landscape Master Plan Committee and also the Building and Grounds Committee on the Board of Trustees. I would also serve as liaison for the Full Circle Greenhouse. It would be my duty to make sure all of these projects continue to promote sustainability on campus. I willing to personally assist when needed, whether help is wanted to inspire students to take part in sustainability practices or help enforce and expand upon a new idea in the future.

What qualifications do I have for this leadership position as Sustainability Representative? I have taken classes incorporating sustainability and was nominated for six leadership positions in 2013. But besides listing all of my past accomplishments, I believe, above all, the qualities I obtain within are what truly makes me a qualified candidate. I am a listener. Serving as Sustainability Representative is not just about communicating and bringing my voice to the board, it is about hearing the voices around campus and acting in such as way I make their statements heard. I am also very kind and know I would work well with the other senators.  I let my faith lead me in life and with every step I do so with integrity.

I love using my skills to help people. I love helping the environment and animals. Finally, I love St. Ben's. It would be an honor to serve on the St. Ben's Senate.

 

Academic Affairs Representative Candidates

Isabel Tompkins and Sophi Gorman- Academic Affairs Representative

Hi, my name is Sophi Gorman. I'm a sophomore accounting major and political science minor. Hi I'm Isabel Tompkins, and I'm a sophomore Global Business major and Communication minor. We are running a split ticket for academic affairs rep. I will be here in the fall because I am studying abroad in London in the Spring, and Sophi will be here in the spring because she will be studying abroad in China during the Fall.

 After serving on senate for the past year, I realized this is something I want to be a part of for the rest of my time at CSB. Giving back to the community that I love has been very rewarding.  I have been able to manage my time well this past year as Under class rep, and I feel I can do the same next year. I have also gained a lot of experience through my year on senate, as well as through my work as a student supervisor at the CSB Phonathon.  I have always been very interested in the academic affairs position. I feel that the committees that the academic affairs rep serves on affects all students in a big way, which is something that I want to be a part of. I also know that Isabel and I will make a great team, and she will transition me well into the spring semester. I am ready for the new challenges and experiences as the academic affairs rep.

For the past year, I have served as the Academic Affairs Representative, working closely with faculty and staff to resolve student issues pertaining specifically to the common curriculum, student surveys, and the academic calendar schedule. I have enjoyed my time on the Saint Ben's Senate, and would love to serve Saint Ben's again as the Academic Affairs Representative in the Fall. I am currently the Academic Affairs Representative and I have learned how to effectively and efficiently communicate with the staff, faculty, and students, in order to help solve important academic issues on our campus. It has been gratifying being apart of the Saint Ben's Student Senate and I would like to continue to serve this wonderful Benedictine community that is like my second family. Recently, I have been working on new modifications to the common curriculum, working closely with the Faculty Senate and student body. It has been exciting being apart of such a significant change and working on the common curriculum, learning about all of the different ways of how we can make it better for the CSB/SJU community. Senate has also taught me the importance of leadership and how to work well with others. Earlier this year, I helped coordinate the Elections Task Force, bringing the candidates of St. Joe to our school for a panel. This taught me how to communicate effectively with others and the importance of organization and time management.  Senate has been such a positive experience for me and I would love to continue to be apart of this strong group of women on campus. I have learned how to work successfully in a team and it would be an honor to serve this community again in the Fall as the Academic Affairs Representative. I am confident that Sophi and I will work well as a team and be strong leaders on this campus. Thank you!

  

Community Representative Candidates

Stephanie Van Beek- Community Representative

Hello,

            My name is Stephanie Van Beek.  I am currently a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict and I am interested in running for the position of Community Representative.  I am majoring in psychology and minoring in music, specifically piano performance.  As any great Bennie, I am a huge advocate of leadership among women.  As the Community Representative, I would be able to use my extroversion to make St. Ben's an even more spectacular place than it is. 

            Being the Community Representative, I would have the opportunity of becoming acquainted with some extraordinary individuals that would help make the CSB Senate and the community of St. Ben's flourish.  One thing I've absolutely loved about St. Ben's is Bennie day.  The Senate does such an amazing job in bringing the Bennie identity to attention.  I find that it not only empowers me to become a better women, but it's evident that other Bennie's benefit from Bennie day, as well.  It would be an absolute honor to be able to help plan Bennie day with a St. Ben's Senate committee. 

            Another thing that drew me towards the position of Community Representative, besides the incredible opportunity of getting to speak with important members of the St. Joseph community, is being able to communicate with the monastery and Campus Ministry.  Not only am I in the Benedictine Friend's group where I have met some truly inspiring Sisters in Christ, but during high school I served as a leader for my church's Youth Board.  I was the head of the Community Life committee, so I felt the most passionate about running for the position of the Community Representative. I absolutely love being involved in the community and getting the opportunity to converse with many different members of our community; the St. Ben's community and the St. Joseph community.  The role of Community Representative seems like a responsibility that I would be thrilled to take on.

            I am the type of person to work through any hardship I encounter and only let it change me for the better.  I believe in making a difference in this world and encouraging others to do the same.  One of the Benedictine values is community living, which entails forming stable relationships with the community.  One way that I would help to foster community at CSB is by telling people to put their phones down while they are on the Link and strike up a conversation with the person beside them, or even take your ear buds out when you are walking around campus.  Being the Community Representative on the St. Ben's Senate, and working with intelligent, confident, and capable women is something that I would love to participate in.

Jerly Alcalá- Community Representative

Greetings, my name is Jerly Alcalá, a junior majoring in Philosophy and I am running for the position of Community Representative. I have had the wonderful opportunity of attending this school and be part of programs that positively impact our community. Through this process I have also seen the senate change and influence our school. I want to be more involved with the city of St. Joe, with the alums of CSB and with the monastery and I think the position of Community Representative would be perfect. I want to make sure other students have the same opportunity so that their experience here is a better one.

My past experiences make me an excellent candidate for this position. I have made connections with various people when I served as the Cultural Affairs Representative on senate. I have also been a resident assistant and been involved in various campus clubs and organizations. I think these experiences will be beneficial as a Community Representative. I want to bring the parts of our community together so that everyone can have a better campus. I am hard working, perseverant and focused and I would love this opportunity to serve on senate. 

The demographics of our school are changing and I want to create liaisons with the city, the monastery and the students so that more students get the opportunity to have a full experience with their time here at CSB/SJU. I am confident that I have the ability to positively impact our community and I am very willing to take student concerns and find ways to meet them so that everyone can succeed and have a great experience.

Cultural Affairs Representatives Candidates

Michelle Chang- Cultural Affairs Representative

Greetings from Kolkata, India! Or rather Nomoskar! My name is Michelle Chang. I am currently finishing my junior year abroad in India and working towards a degree in Asian Studies. As a candidate for the Cultural Affairs Representative position on senate, I hope to be able to share the wisdom I have acquired abroad and also from all the years that I have served as a leader on our campuses.

I remember when I first came to visit St. Bens I was really intrigued by the portraits of the St. Ben's senators in the HCC. I saw one of my friends on the board and it inspired me even though I wasn't attending St. Bens at the time. Seeing a familiar face in such an important leadership role, made me feel welcomed. I also knew then that if I chose to come to St. Bens I would know where and who to look out for if I ever wanted to voice my concerns or ideas. So like my story I would like to be that face for others, for current students and prospective students.

I am aware that as a member of Senate, I will have a lot of responsibility and that it takes a lot of commitment but I am ready. Even when I am not wearing the St. Ben's Senate outfit, I will do my best to continue being a role model and a listening ear for unheard voices. As the Cultural Affairs Representative, I want to further the work of past position holders, in building a more inclusive community for students from all walks of life. I will make sure that St. Bens becomes a home away from home for all, no matter how far our homes really are. My goal is to create spaces where leaders from cultural clubs can come together to connect and exchange ideas. I want to be the bridge for leaders in this community.

My past experiences as a member of the cultural committee in JEC, and the CSB correspondent in the interfaith group on campus has helped me stretched my mind and be more curious about different perspectives. Not only that but as a Resident Assistant my sophomore year, I developed a strong understanding of how my voice can help to build others and how important it is to make connections with staff on our campuses. I still have so much more to learn as a leader and I hope to be able to learn more through being a part of such a great team of empowering women.

Ana Belmonte- Cultural Affairs Representative

Hi, my name is Ana Belmonte, a junior majoring in Communication and I am running for the position of Cultural Affairs Representative in the St. Ben's Senate.  I am interested in running because I participate in the events put on by the Intercultural and International Student Services and as an I-LEAD scholar, it is important for me to be the leader we are each called to be.

Serving on the Senate as the Cultural Affairs Representative is a great opportunity to learn more about the many cultures that make St. Ben's a great institution. I want to contribute to the place that has allowed me to grow in many ways these past 3 years and I want to actively participate and work with the Cultural Affairs Board.  I understand that being a member of the St. Ben's Senate takes time and hard work.  The cultural affairs representative position needs a person who is open-minded to change, and willing to learn from others. The cultural affairs representative has to work with the Cultural Affairs Board on activities, issues, and promote their agenda as well as the St. Ben's Senate's agenda. I will have to meet with administrators from the offices of Admissions and Student Development. I am going to work for the office of intercultural and international services, which will allow me to work closely with the director of the office Brandyn Woodard. I am aware I will have to attend meetings with other cultural clubs and collaborate with them. I am eager to have great relationships with these clubs because I know students who actively participate in each club and they are great leaders on this campus who need to be recognized for their efforts. What makes me the most excited for the cultural affairs representative position is the Festival of Cultures that St. Ben's hosts at the HCC every year. It is my favorite time of the year because each culture has the chance to show us what connects us and what makes each of us special. In communication, I have learned the importance of mindfulness when we communicate with others. Everything we do whether it is verbal or nonverbal affects those around us. St. Ben's is made up of students from a variety of backgrounds and I want to encourage every woman who goes here to embrace her culture and feel at home when they go here.         

My past experiences make me an excellent candidate.  This past fall I studied abroad on the Greco-Roman program where I had to adapt myself and embraced the culture I was in.  It was an unforgettable experience because I learned and participated in the customs of Greece and Italy. My most rewarding experience by far, is my internship last summer where I worked at Project Transformation, a summer camp for inner city kids who were from different ethnicities in Dallas, Texas. Past jobs have put allowed me to be in a school setting where I had the opportunity to talk with students and their parents about their concerns.

I believe I'm honest, compassionate, and dedicated to being the person to represent the wonderful women that make up St. Ben's. However, I believe that's true of everyone who takes the time and effort to run for this position.  I come from a collectivistic culture where not only do my parents teach me essential values but so does my community, and the values I live by are to be respectful and always listen mindfully because although I will never fully understand what another person is going through, I can willingly listen to how they feel and what we can do together to make St. Ben's greater than it already is.

I like to see St. Ben's a one big puzzle, where each of us is a puzzle piece and together, we make something great. I look forward to working with an amazing group of women who empower each other and continue the sisterhood we are a part of.

 

Maly Thao- Cultural Affairs Representative

Greetings!  My name is Maly Thao.  I am a sophomore majoring in communication and minoring in sociology with an emphasis on Japanese.  I work at the Center for Global Education as a student coordinator, focusing on international exchange students who choose to study abroad here at CSB/SJU for semester and yearlong programs, short term programs and summer programs.  With the experiences that I have gained from working on campus in the study abroad office, the friendships I have made with international students and people from all over the United States, I have come to realize that one of my passions is learning about different cultures and sharing my own culture in order embrace the many cultures that are present in our community.

Prior to starting college at St. Ben's, incoming first year Bennies are required to fill out online forms in regards to their intended majors/minors, interests, and more.  One question in particular that resonated with me was whether or not I'd like to partake in the St. Ben's Senate.  Without hesitation, I selected "yes."  The St. Ben's Senate consists of strong, motivated and inspirational women who work hard to promote community and provide opportunities for voices to be heard in partnership with the St. John's Senate.  Serving as the Cultural Affairs Representative on the St. Ben's Senate would be an honor and opportunity to share my passion about learning and spreading cultural awareness in our community.  Therefore, I am running for the Cultural Affairs Representative position in the St. Ben's Senate for the spring semester of 2016. 

The Cultural Affairs Representative position requires someone who will work hard to advocate for diversity and actively look for ways to improve intercultural competency and communication.  This means becoming aware of issues present on campus and playing the role of a student, senator and problem solver all at the same time.   This position also needs someone who will highly integrate themselves with various departments and clubs on campus to continue promoting cultural commonalities and differences while maintaining CSB/SJU's strive for community and inclusiveness.  I have held other leadership positions before where doing all the above has been expected of me, such as serving as the Hmong Americans Involving Students (HAIS) secretary and working at the Center for Global Education as a student coordinator.

If elected as St. Ben's Senate's Cultural Affairs Representative, I believe that my passion for cultural diversity, my ability to advocate for myself and others and my acquired work ethics when serving on the St. Ben's Senate, will allow me to successfully carry out the Cultural Affairs Representative's duties.  Thank you.

 

Ana Belmonte-Cultural Affairs Representative

  

Hi, my name is Ana Belmonte, a junior majoring in Communication and I am running for the position of Cultural Affairs Representative in the St. Ben's Senate.  I am interested in running because I participate in the events put on by the Intercultural and International Student Services and as an I-LEAD scholar, it is important for me to be the leader we are each called to be.

 

Serving on the Senate as the Cultural Affairs Representative is a great opportunity to learn more about the many cultures that make St. Ben's a great institution. I want to contribute to the place that has allowed me to grow in many ways these past 3 years and I want to actively participate and work with the Cultural Affairs Board.  I understand that being a member of the St. Ben's Senate takes time and hard work.  The cultural affairs representative position needs a person who is open-minded to change, and willing to learn from others. The cultural affairs representative has to work with the Cultural Affairs Board on activities, issues, and promote their agenda as well as the St. Ben's Senate's agenda. I will have to meet with administrators from the offices of Admissions and Student Development. I am going to work for the office of intercultural and international services, which will allow me to work closely with the director of the office Brandyn Woodard. I am aware I will have to attend meetings with other cultural clubs and collaborate with them. I am eager to have great relationships with these clubs because I know students who actively participate in each club and they are great leaders on this campus who need to be recognized for their efforts. What makes me the most excited for the cultural affairs representative position is the Festival of Cultures that St. Ben's hosts at the HCC every year. It is my favorite time of the year because each culture has the chance to show us what connects us and what makes each of us special. In communication, I have learned the importance of mindfulness when we communicate with others. Everything we do whether it is verbal or nonverbal affects those around us. St. Ben's is made up of students from a variety of backgrounds and I want to encourage every woman who goes here to embrace her culture and feel at home when they go here.         

 

My past experiences make me an excellent candidate.  This past fall I studied abroad on the Greco-Roman program where I had to adapt myself and embraced the culture I was in.  It was an unforgettable experience because I learned and participated in the customs of Greece and Italy. My most rewarding experience by far, is my internship last summer where I worked at Project Transformation, a summer camp for inner city kids who were from different ethnicities in Dallas, Texas. Past jobs have put allowed me to be in a school setting where I had the opportunity to talk with students and their parents about their concerns.

I believe I'm honest, compassionate, and dedicated to being the person to represent the wonderful women that make up St. Ben's. However, I believe that's true of everyone who takes the time and effort to run for this position.  I come from a collectivistic culture where not only do my parents teach me essential values but so does my community, and the values I live by are to be respectful and always listen mindfully because although I will never fully understand what another person is going through, I can willingly listen to how they feel and what we can do together to make St. Ben's greater than it already is.

 

I like to see St. Ben's a one big puzzle, where each of us is a puzzle piece and together, we make something great. I look forward to working with an amazing group of women who empower each other and continue the sisterhood we are a part of.

 

Student Activities Representative Candidates

Natalia Mancia- Student Activities Representative

Hi, my name is Natalia Mancia, a Junior majoring in Psychology and I am running for the position of Student Activities Representative in the St. Ben's Senate.  When I heard about the position, I knew that this was something I wanted to do.  Being in different clubs I have found that I love to plan events and be involved in having events on campus that students will love to attend. Serving on the Senate, as Student Activities Representative is a great opportunity to learn more about student activities and how much work they put in events, to give something back to the students of St.Bens. This would be such a great experience to be on senate and work closely with other clubs on campus.                                                           

I understand that being a member of the Senate takes time and hard work.  The Student Activities Representative position requires someone to be responsible and organized, self disciplined. This position is not only working closely with student activities but also works together with the allocation chair. Acting as a liaison with senate and the department of student activities would be something that I would love to experience.  Having the position of Student Activities Representative is a position I would work hard for.

My past experience makes me an excellent candidate.  This past fall I served as the Co- Rush chair in AKS and was the Event Coordinator for Exploring Latin American cultures since my sophomore year. Having both of these positions on campus has showed me what it is like to work hard and it showed me how much I love planning events on campus. Planning events on campus is what I love to do because this is when CSB can come together as a community. I have realized that I have a passion for being in different clubs and going to events that they have on campus.

When I was in high school I was part of our student council and was class representative all four years.  Prior to St. Ben's, I was the captain of our high school cheerleading team and was the co-captain on the volleyball team. Throughout high school and college I have had a passion for doing service on campus and off campus. The Past jobs have provided a lot experience in working at my high school as a college intern. Also working as an intern with a chiropractor showed me what it is like to work with people that have different personalities. The experience I have had in the past has given me the drive to do great things and be involved in school.  I believe I'm positive, focused, and dedicated to doing a good job. I also believe that I am organized and a sociable person and am willing to help others and ask for help when needed. For the past two years I have been working as a tour guide for the SJU admissions office and I am now the student overnight coordinator.

I believe that anyone who runs for this position would be a great candidate and would be willing to work hard.  Running for this position is something that I know I would enjoy because I love being involved on campus and going to events that clubs put on.  I would enjoy being on the St. Bens senate to work with Student Activities and add on to the wonderful group of ladies that work directly with the campus.  Thank you.

Atarah Pinder- Student Activities Representative

The College of Saint Benedict has provided a plethora of opportunities for its students.  Since my time here, I have had the liberty to attend various events and programs, such as Bystander and Safe Space Training, which have broadened my horizons and educated me about important issues.  In light of this, I would be happy to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that can provide such events for current and upcoming Bennies.

My name is Atarah Pinder. I am majoring in psychology and I am running for the position of Student Activities Representative.  I am aware that being a part of the Senate takes great time and effort.  The Student Activities Representative requires a person who is organized, diligent, and willing to advocate on the behalf of student clubs.  I am the ideal candidate for this position because my leadership experiences have adequately prepared me to exhibit the skills that I believe would make a competent Student Activities Representative.  I am currently a Resident Assistant in the sophomore area, where I have learnt to successfully balance my academics as well as my other responsibilities.  Additionally, by serving as an Executive Board Member of the Archipelago Caribbean Association, I have learnt and grown to appreciate the dedication and effort that go into planning club events.  In saying this, I would like to explore ways to increase campus appreciation for clubs which would in turn increase attendance at club events.

I would also work to make clubs aware of the opportunities that are available and encourage them to utilize the resources available to them.  For instance, each club, according to Co-Funding Board guidelines, is able to request up to a $10,000 ceiling annually.  I plan to motivate clubs to utilize the funds available to plan events or programs that will be beneficial to the community.

            It is my hope to actively work to improve the community that we have all grown to love, and having the opportunity to serve as Student Activities Representative would allow me to do just that.  I am truly passionate about this position, and hope that it manifests throughout this platform. 

I hope that you will consider voting in my favor.