This archived article was written by: Kelli Burke-Gabossi
Editor’s update: The student government officials for 2010-11 will be Rachel Ryan as student body president, Willy Woodruff as vice president of activities, and Tammy Dokos as vice president of academics and student services.
Editor’s note: the 2010-11 CEUSA student government officers were announced March 31 after The Eagle’s deadline. The new leaders will be featured in the April 15 edition or you can see the results online.
March 29 – 31, CEU students voted for the 2010-11 student government officials. The three positions: student body president, vice president of activities and vice president of academics and student services, were being chased by six candidates: Rachel Ryan and Sarah Robinson running for student body president; Willy Woodruff running unopposed for vice president of activities; and P.J. Vea, Tammy Dokos, and Shelby Hall running for vice president of academics and student services. A second debate between the candidates was on March 29 where 40-50 students attended. Most of the questions were asked by members of this year’s student government and its adviser.
Rachel Ryan, a sophomore, has a positive outlook for next year. “I can bring passion, commitment and action to CEUSA to keep things going in a positive and forward motion with the merger.” She believes that some improvements to be made at CEU should be on-campus maintenance, working with the community ties, keeping up with happenings and keeping a positive attitude about the merger. “I am qualified because of my professionalism, work ethic and experience as a student advocate,” she said.
Ryan has had experience as a student ambassador at CEU as well. She encouraged students to vote by being intrusive, encouraging students to make their voice heard and making herself available for communication.
Sophomore Sarah Robinson believes that she can contribute to CEUSA. “I have a hard-working and get-it-done type of attitude,” she stated. She thinks that most of the necessary improvement at CEU lies in CEUSA. “There is need for improvement with getting things done and we need to spread enthusiasm to students.”
Robinson has had experience in CEUSA for a year. Last fall, she was an arts and science representative, and was promoted to ICC Chair spring semester. She was also the manager for Paces, a fast-food restaurant in Layton, where she learned management skills. She influenced students to vote by talking to them personally. “I let them know their voice is wanted.”
Willy Woodruff, a sophomore, has experience and fresh ideas to bring to CEUSA. “I know how the system works and how to get students’ ideas implemented,” he said. This coming year, Woodruff plans to focus on big events by using more publicity and more encouragement for students to attend activities.
Woodruff has experience in CEUSA as a student advocate and student body president. He participated in student government in high school as well. He encouraged students to vote by talking to them. “They need to realize what’s at stake and how important it is.”
Freshman P.J. Vea feels that he has a lot to offer to CEUSA. “I can bring a more organized and efficient way of talking to students by using e-mails, Facebook, posters and coordinating with department heads,” he stated. Vea thinks that CEUSA should increase publicity for events, changes and what’s happening at CEU, and believes that he is the candidate for the job. “I feel like I can bring more organization and publicity to student government as a team.”
Vea has had leadership experience.. He participated in student government before high school, played for his high school football team and was a Utah State Student Ambassador. He influenced students to vote this year by using posters, stickers, Facebook, and speaking with students personally.
Tammy Dokos, a sophomore, believes that her two years of enrollment at CEU will help contribute to the position. “I have a lot of knowledge and understanding of the merger, which is helpful. I watched what Whitney Oliver does and know what’s easiest to work with at CEU.” Dokos would like to improve academics at CEU. “I think a lot of students are scared of academics with the merger and I want them to have a peace of mind during this time.”
Dokos has had leadership experience with student government in high school. She was a cheerleader at CEU and was the publicity chair this year. She encouraged students to vote by talking to them so they know they can contact her and always count on receiving a response.
Freshman Shelby Hall feels that she can bring a new perspective to CEU. “I know what students want. I am organized and focused and feel that students can talk to me easily.” She would like to bring more emphasis on academics and encourage more class labs and tutoring for help.
Hall was the vice president of her high school volunteer club, a Sun Center Leader in fall semester and a CEU cheerleader. Her friends helped her influence students to vote by bringing their lap tops around campus and letting students use their computers to vote online.