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2013/2014 MUSC SGA Executive Candidates

Presidential Candidates

Danny Vo

Hey MUSC! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have served as your SGA Programs Vice President for the past year. It has been an awesome and rewarding experience to be able to plan various cultural and social events for you. I’ve really enjoyed putting together and celebrating with you the Back to School Party, Winetasting at the Aquarium, Oyster Roast, and Alhambra, among other events. Throughout my 3 years as an active member of SGA, I have witnessed the value and importance of uniting students from all the colleges here at MUSC. We all come from such a wide array of backgrounds and cultures, and this diversity is appreciated when everyone rallies together at the programs we have put on. As an experienced leader in SGA, I would appreciate your vote as I run for President of SGA. It is my goal and duty to further enrich your experience here at MUSC, making sure your concerns are heard and acknowledged so that I can be a voice for you. For example, I will endeavor to assert the value of higher education, especially in healthcare, and do something about our continually increasing cost of tuition! Your opinions are of utmost value, and so essential to ensuring that positive changes occur on campus. Under my leadership, SGA will strive to improve on developing all facets of student life, including academics, social events, and philanthropy to the community. Thank you for your support!

Cane Hoffman
Being a part of the SGA at MUSC means enriching the university for current and future students in ways that attract and retain interest and appreciation for the school. I have been an SGA rep for the COM for two years and have witnessed and participated in many improvements for the students. The COM lounge as well as extensive library renovations, smoke-free campus, several memorable Alhambra's, Back to School's, and Oyster Roasts come to mind as recent successes for the students. As president I want to continue the success of the previous years. Some of my goals are to increase the voice of the student body for each college, work on getting a cafe in the library, and continue to support all the other predecessor projects. I am also interested in the financial concerns of students and we are undergoing discussions with the board of trustees with the goal to make student tuition dispersement more transparent. This is an attempt to not only prevent future tuition increases but also to ensure that everyone's tuition is appropriated to suitable areas. I enjoy the SGA, interprofessional interaction, and social events and feel that this affords me a uniquely accurate picture of what is most important to the students at MUSC. Thank you for your vote.

Academic VP Candidates

James Atkison

Hello fellow students! My name is James Atkison, and I am running for Academic Vice President of the Student Government Association. I feel that I am well-qualified for this position, as I have served as a representative on SGA for the College of Graduate Studies for the past two years, including serving on the Academic Affairs committee this year. Also, I am the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, where I have planned several successful events such as the New Student Social, the tea times we host each month, and the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. Through these organizations, I have been able to participate in many community service opportunities, allowing me to meet students from other colleges and build inter-professional friendships. I am also a member of the College of Graduate Studies Honor Council, and will uphold the integrity of MUSC through my service on the University Honor Council, if elected. Additionally, I will work directly with the Library staff so that students continue to receive the resources for an adequate study environment. I am confident that I am fully capable of performing the duties of this office, so please vote for me as your next SGA Academic Vice President.

Sid Seghal
Hey MUSC! My name is Sid Sehgal, and I am running for SGA Academic Vice President. After having served as a class representative this past year, I have really learned to appreciate the importance of communication among MUSC students and administration. I will keep an open line of communication between the student body and MUSC Deans in regards to academic affairs. As I continually meet with the Offices of Enrollment Services and the Library, I will keep SGA and MUSC updated on any changes in policies and procedures, and work to resolve any issues in order to provide the best learning experience for students. As chair to the honor council, I will make sure the integrity of our institution is upheld to the highest standards. Lastly, under my role as Academic Vice President, I will teach and enforce proper parliamentary procedure in order to maintain an efficient and effective student government. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our university and thank you for your support.

 Programs VP Candidates

Stephen Thompson
 For the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving as a COM representative in SGA, and I want to continue to serve the MUSC community as SGA Programming VP. I will work to improve student life at MUSC by continuing to offer cultural programs and social events that are available to the entire student body. There are few opportunities that unite the entire university community like SGA programming. As a member of the programming committee for the past two years, I understand what is involved in planning and implementing these programs. As a SGA representative at MUSC and SGA Vice President at UGA, I understand how to listen to student concerns and convey the student voice to the administration. I promise to be a leader for SGA and unite MUSC students through the SGA university-wide programs. Thank you, and I would appreciate your support during this election.

Service VP Candidates

Holly Berry

For the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving as an SGA representative for the College of Pharmacy. Not only have I been an active member in SGA, I have also served on both the Communications and Student Welfare committees. During the past two years, my most rewarding experiences have been while completing my service activities within SGA and participating in volunteer activities outside of SGA. Whether it was building houses for Habitat for Humanity or helping with the Cooper River Kids Bridge Run, these events have worked to enhance my experiences at MUSC as a whole. Not only have I been able to give back to the Charleston community and surrounding areas but I have also had the opportunity to interact with students from other colleges. As an SGA representative, I have gained insight into how service can enhance an interdisciplinary institution such as MUSC. I would like to help with broadening the availability of service on campus and to encourage participation from all students at MUSC. As Service Vice President of SGA, it would be my main duty to chair the service committee. Not only would I work to ensure that our student representatives meet their service requirements, but I would work closely with SGA to provide active and 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 the opportunity to serve as your 2013-2014 Service VP of SGA.

Neal Patel
Hello MUSC! My name is Neal Patel and during the past year, I have had the honor of serving as an SGA representative for my college. In this time, I have learned a great deal about SGA and MUSC, but the most rewarding experience for me has been the increased opportunities I have had to give back to the Charleston community. Therefore, for the following school year, I have chosen to run for Service Vice President. As Service VP, I would chair the Service Committee and work closely with MUSC Gives Back to organize service projects for students in all colleges. During my three years here, I have discovered that the education we receive at MUSC is not merely bound by the walls of a classroom. Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the community has a tremendous amount to offer to us. We are all privileged to be where we are today, and we should endeavor to use our short time here to give back to our community in as many ways as possible. I would be honored to serve as SGA Service Vice President and I will strive to make your experience here at MUSC as rewarding as possible. Thanks 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 year. I have had the privilege of representing your needs, facilitating communication among the SGA and the MUSC student body, and developing a pilot fundraising program to support SGA-sponsored events. The leadership experiences I have gained this past year 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 second 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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