This archived article was written by: Kelli Burke-Gabossi
Editor’s note: in the last issue of the Eagle, you read about the candidates running for a student government position. In this issue, you’ll read about the students who were elected.
Rachel Ryan is the student body president for the 2010-11 school year, Willy Woodruff is the vice president of activities and Tammy Dokos is the vice president of academics and student services.
The student government officials-elect were announced at the Jenifer Leavitt Student Center March 31. About 315 students, 15 percent of the student body, voted this year. On average, about 8 percent of the student body voted, so the outcome exceeded expectations.
Ryan, the 2010-11 student body president, will attend meetings and act as a voice for the student body. She said she will be an open communicator and prioritize her time to fulfill her duties. Next year, she plans to focus on the USU/CEU affiliation, on-campus maintenance and student and community involvement.
“My most important duty will be being able to make executive decisions while knowing what students want,” she stated.
For Ryan, being student body president will be like carrying a full-time job. “I am here for my degree. As long as I can prioritize my time, I’ll be fine.” In her free time, she’ll spend time outdoors and with her family and friends.
Willy Woodruff, vice president of activities-elect, will be focusing on events and influencing students to become involved. With proper planning and listening to the voice of the student body, he feels that he can accomplish this goal. “I want to create a system that’s focused on getting things done and making sure things are done for the students with the students in mind.” Woodruff would like to avoid cancellations and date changes.
Fortunately for Woodruff, arranging activities is a hobby. “It’s activities. This is my free time.” As for his schedule, “It’s something that’s learned where time priorities are set and everything else falls in place.”
As vice president of academics and student services, Tammy Dokos will attend the bi-monthly curriculum and instruction meetings with faculty members where courses and credit hours will be discussed. She will represent a voice of the students and inform the committee what students want.
“My main focus is going to be to help the students understand about the merger with USU. I think a lot of students are scared and don’t even know completely what is going on. I want to be the voice for the students for them to understand and I want them to know that if they have any questions or problem that they know that they can reach me.”
In her free time, Dokos will be studying for her classes and spending time with friends and family. She will take a light load of classes, though, to make herself available for this position.
Whitney Oliver, the current vice president of academics and student services, has high expectations for the officials-elect. “I think that they have the ability to do very well. They made it through elections and are already putting a lot of effort toward filling the rest of the Student Government positions. So far so good,” she stated.
The officials-elect are expected to shadow the current officials. Flash drives containing information about activities and ideas that have been successful and unsuccessful are passed down to the officials for the coming school year. This year’s officials are also passing down the “Activities Bible” created by David Cox, the current vice president of activities.