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MUSC Student Government Association

2014/2015 Executive Candidates

Presidential Candidates

James Atkison
 Hello, fellow MUSC students, and thank you for taking the time to vote. During my time here, I have had the privilege to serve both my college and the university in many capacities. I have been the Vice President and Service Chairman for the Graduate Student Association, served on several university-wide committees and groups, captained various intramural teams, and participated in community service projects across Charleston. Additionally, I have had the pleasure of serving on the Student Government for the past three years, including as Academic Vice President this year. Through these experiences, I have seen the amazing impact that a unified student voice can have in the shaping of our campus and its policies. As President, I will continue to serve the student body by providing an accessible forum for hearing and acting upon your concerns. We have all read and heard about the proposed merger between MUSC and the College of Charleston, and I have worked with the Executive Board of the SGA to represent the opinions of the student body regarding this issue. I hope to continue to work with the MUSC and CofC faculty, alumni, and Board of Trustee members to passionately and intelligently address the merger to provide the best possible outcomes for students. Please vote for me for President of the SGA. #JamesForPrez
Hello, my name is Stephen Thompson, and it would be my pleasure to serve as your SGA President. I have been a part of SGA at MUSC for three years now. Most recently I was Programs Vice President, and I was responsible for planning all SGA events such as the Back to School Party, Winetasting, the Oyster Roast and Alhambra. I also was a part of SGA at the University of Georgia for four years, serving as Vice President of the student body. I have experience meeting with university administration and the board of trustees in order to express student concerns and fight for student interests. As your SGA President, I will continue to oppose any measure that MUSC students don’t support, such as the recent merger with the College of Charleston. I also plan to be a part of future discussions concerning Commencement to ensure that student concerns are addressed. I will continue the work of past Presidents to improve campus safety and parking. Under my leadership, MUSC SGA will continue to offer social events and service programs that appeal to all students in order to improve student life on campus.

Academic VP Candidates

Sumeen Maur
 SGA has been an organization that I have sincerely enjoyed being a part of during my graduate school career.  I have had the opportunity to serve as my class's SGA representative for 3 years.  Not only have I appreciated going and getting to know students from each college, but it has been an invaluable learning experience, working as a team, to provide MUSC students with the best academic and social experience possible.

During my three years as a representative I have served on the Academic Committee.  Over this
time I can confidently say I understand what would be expected of the new Academic Vice President. From working closely with the library to provide the best studying environment for all students to being head of the campus wide Honor Council, I know I would be able to handle the job.  I am very approachable and am able to work with others which will be crucial as the library is undergoing heavy renovation and there will be a constant information flow to and from administration.  Furthermore, being on SGA has also helped me to create and maintain friendships with students from all colleges and I would strive to make sure every voice is heard.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to run for this position and would greatly appreciate your support to serve you as your new academic Vice President.  Thank you so much for your consideration!

 Programs VP Candidates

Regina Brown
 My experience as a student at MUSC has been greatly enhanced by my involvement with SGA. I have served as representative for my class for the past two years, and I feel that I now have the insight and experience to serve on the Executive Board as Programs Vice President. As a student in the College of Medicine, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with representatives from all of the other colleges on campus. If elected Programs VP, I would do my best to hear the requests of our large, diverse graduate community. I am a very approachable person and would be open to any feedback or ideas from the student body in order to plan a wide array of successful social and cultural activities. This past year, I have worked on the Programs Committee along with the Student Programs Office to plan and coordinate campus-wide events, such as Wine Tasting and Alhambra. With your support, I would bring my enthusiasm, organization, and gregarious nature to the Executive Board as Programs Vice President. I appreciate your vote!
Steven Holshouser
Since 2012, I have had the privilege of serving on the Student Government Association panel to discuss and decide on pressing student issues not only for the school of Graduate Studies, but also for all of the colleges. I have been able to serve on multiple committees including programs and executive committees, which has allowed me to view and acknowledge the responsibilities at hand. The main thing I have learned while serving on SGA and the programs committee is to be sensitive and open to everyone’s opinion, no matter how large or small. In serving as a programs vice president, I hope to bring a cultural set of diverse programs that will not only entertain, but inspire future generations. My experiences with helping plan the 2013 Oyster roast, Alhambra, as well as the 2012 Winetasting has given me a vast amount of event planning knowledge. While organizing these events I have not only learned the importance of the entertainment side of events, but also the cultural and diverse needs of the student body. During my years here at MUSC so far I have attended every major event, and have in some way been a part of its planning. If I am elected, I assure you I will be dedicated to the position of Programs VP and all the responsibilities it requires. If I may have your vote, I will do everything in my power to make sure diligence is done to provide a safe, diverse and refreshingly entertaining next year.

Service VP Candidates

Holly Berry

It has been an honor to serve as the MUSC Vice President of Service for the 2013-2014 academic year. In the past year, I have been able to aid the Charleston community and surrounding areas by providing service opportunities for both MUSC students and SGA representatives. Many of these events, such as MUSC Make a Difference Day and MLK Day of Service, focus on a variety of special populations including underrepresented minorities and those with special needs. I have also had the opportunity to work closely with the executive officers, not only to plan events but, to assist in representing the student voice, which was vital during the ongoing MUSC/COFC merger debates.
During this past year, I have worked to diversify opportunities for volunteering by implementing a marsh clean up as well as initiating electronic sign-ups for MUSC SGA representatives. In the 2014-2015 year, I would like to continue these initiatives and work diligently to increase student participation during inter professional events, such as MUSC Make a Difference Day. Volunteers consistently express their enthusiasm after attending this event and I wish to see more students participate each year!
Not only would I work to ensure that our student representatives meet their service requirements, but I would continue to work closely with SGA to provide rewarding service events for MUSC students. I believe service and volunteering are vital to ensure the success of our communities and I look forward to continuing to serve as your 2014-2015 Vice President of Service.

Destine Hoover
Hi! I am a second-year College of Pharmacy student and I am running for SGA Vice President of Service. I am passionate about volunteering in our community. I currently serve on the Executive Board of Service Learners International (SLI), an interprofessional student group here at MUSC. Last summer, I traveled with the SLI team to provide mobile medical clinics in rural Haiti. I also serve on the Waring Library Society Student Committee. As MUSC students, I believe we have an awesome opportunity to build interdisciplinary networking relationships now, giving us a head start when we enter our professional fields. Service-oriented opportunities are a great way to apply our classroom learning and work as interprofessional teams. I have met and worked with many students from all six Colleges who cheerfully go out of their way to volunteer and make our world a better place. I am willing to work hard and collaborate closely with MUSC Gives Back to coordinate volunteer efforts. With your support, I’d like the opportunity to serve you and inspire every student to make a difference! Cast your vote March 27th & 28th. Thank you!
Ashley Rogers
For the past two years, I have served as my class representative for the SGA on both the Programs and Communications committees, and last year I was honored to be chosen as the Outstanding New Representative of the Year. I was also an active participant in student government at Clemson University. I am truly passionate about this organization and this university. MUSC has a tradition of giving back to the community and I want to continue and expand this legacy. I want to make students aware of service opportunities and aid them in any outreach endeavor they may have. In managing the fiscal affairs for SGA, I will establish reliable records and make the budget more transparent. I have extensive experience in treasury positions from organizational leadership at Clemson and also have background knowledge on MUSC’s SGA budget process. I want to work along side the President to address broader student issues from library construction to the rising tuition costs. I think that it is important that all executive members are liaisons for their peers, this university and the community. I absolutely love being a part of SGA and would be honored to serve the university. In closing, I promise to be a reliable, hardworking and enthusiastic leader, friend and colleague. Thank you for your support!

Communications VP Candidates

 Kayla Hill
 Hello MUSC students! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your SGA Communications Vice President for the past 2 years. I have had the privilege of representing your needs, facilitating communication among the SGA and the MUSC student body, and developing pilot fundraising programs to support SGA-sponsored events. The leadership experiences I have gained the past 2 years will help me to serve you even better. By listening to students’ comments and concerns, I expect to enhance communication among all six colleges and to continue to maintain and improve the MUSC SGA website. I am looking forward to the possibility of working with the new Executive Board and SGA representatives and expanding SGA’s pilot fundraiser to support future student programs and events. I pledge to actively work to improve the quality of student life at MUSC and represent your needs. I would be honored to serve you as SGA Communications Vice President for a third year and I will strive to make your experience here at MUSC as rewarding as possible. Thank you for your support!
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