2014-2015 Student Government
2014-2015 Student Body President Candidate
My name is Reginald Thedford Jr., a third year undergraduate student here at Eastern Illinois University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Music. I transferred to Eastern in the spring of 2013 from Elmhurst College, and immediately got involved with Student Government by serving on the Academic Affairs committee.
2014-2015 Executive Vice President Candidates
|Brandon Goodman||Lauren Price|
Since attending Eastern Illinois University I have truly bled blue and taken pride in EIU. When holding a leadership position it is more than a badge, it is more than a title, it is a lifestyle. At EIU, I am viewed as a student leader through my involvement as Speaker of the Student Senate. In the Speaker position some responsibilities are being the liaison between thirty senators and four executives, interviewing and appointing senators and committee chairs, as well as, running weekly student senate meetings at 7pm on Wednesdays. Also, I am constantly meeting with advisors as well as President Perry to work and promote EIU and improve the atmosphere.
Expanding opportunities for students and combating issues that affect them at the university is my goal. We need to increase the number of students registered to vote in Coles County, so that elected officials advocate for us. In order to have a voice we need to give them a reason to listen. The only way to obtain their respect is by registering to vote! My passion for this university has led me to run for Executive Vice President. I want to continue the work I’ve started as Vice Chair of the Student Action Team, a student-lobbying group. My plan is to continue advocating for more funding for the MAP grant and more state funding for the entire university. I am currently advocating for new science buildings. My plan is to take samples from the Biological Science building to prove the building is a hazardous environment. I will submit these results to Springfield in hopes that they are willing to work on improving the facilities.
2014-2015 Vice President for Academic Affairs Candidates
Hello students of Eastern,
My name is Shirmeen Ahmad. I have been a Student Senator for two years and have been the Academic Affairs Committee Chair for this past year. I am also a Resident Assistant in Pemberton Hall and served on their hall council as a Residence Hall Representative. These positions have taught me how to make a difference on Eastern’s campus and I want to continue doing so.
This past year the Academic Affairs Committee and I have put on different events throughout the year. We gave out candy with motivational sayings on them during mid-terms to the student body. We started up “Midterm Mania” which challenges the senate members to raise their GPAs through competition. We also put on a trivia night called “EIU Feud” which allowed students and faculty to compete against one another.
I have also gotten the chance to sit on the Council on Academic Affairs where I played a role in updating the course proposal, syllabi, and credit hour policies. I have attended a meeting with the student deans of each college, and helped the current Vice President of Academic Affairs during Pizza with the Prez and Pancakes with Perry.
As Vice President of Academic Affairs, I would like to create and carry out previous events that will advance students’ academic careers and that promote academic excellence. For instance I want to make it easier for students to find office hours of professors. I would also like to implement “Midterm Mania” around campus to promote higher GPAs to the Registered Student Organizations.
I want to collaborate with different areas on campus to achieve this and to build stronger connections between students and faculty. While sitting on the CAA and Faculty Senate I want to make sure the students’ voices and perspectives are heard.
2014-2015 Vice President for Student Affairs Candidates
My name is Yazmin Rodriguez and I am a proud member of the student body here at Eastern Illinois University. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology and Spanish in hope of getting my graduate degree in Student Affairs. Considering my career path and passion, it would be my privilege to represent this University as Vice President of Student Affairs.
Since starting my journey here at Eastern Illinois University, I have used my optimism, drive, and upbeat personality to get involved in student activities. Though I am only a sophomore, I feel I represent many groups around EIU and have made a huge impact in campus life already. I truly feel that participation across campus not only helps you grow as a leader, but builds character and makes you an overall well-rounded person. That being said, Eastern provides you with many opportunities that will spark your involvement. The contribution to campus life has the influence to enhance the overall experience of being an undergraduate student and once again explains why I would be honored to receive this position.
My peers view me as a student leader through my involvements that have given me the drive, courage, and enthusiasm to do more for this student body. Not only has Student Government helped me excel tremendously, but my sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma and participation in New Student Programs have also taught me what it takes to be a leader. Tri Sigma has given me the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills, use my creativity, build friendships, and also to live by my values. New Student Programs has brought me the privilege to serve as a Prowl Leader the fall of 2013 and a Debut Leader this upcoming summer.