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Executive Winners

--- Student Body President ---

Lola Moli
I have had the cool opportunity to be a part of WSUSA for 4 years. Why would I want to do it again for a 5th? Quite simply, Weber State is just TOO LEGIT TO QUIT. I've had the chance to serve in multiple chair positions, as an assistant director and twice as a VP and my love for Weber State grows each year. Every position in WSUSA serves to help the student body at large get involved. You can do service in the Ogden community, join a club, go to a dance, participate in hot topic discussions or go to leadership conferences; there are a million and one ways to pump up your college experience! I believe that students who get involved serve as a catalyst for positive change on campus and in turn in the communities where they live. I am inspired by those who step up, speak up and inspire others to do the same.

My goal as President is to constantly seek for ways to create a fun and open atmosphere where students can continue to contribute to Weber State's greatness. I want to be a force on campus that will empower and motivate students to turn their ideas, passions and goals into events, policies, clubs or conversations. I'll encourage students to utilize the Student Involvement and Leadership office as a resource for study, relaxation, fun and development of their goals. I seek to find ways to encourage the involvement of as many students as possible so that their unique talents, skills and assets continue to make Weber State GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

As President, I will do my best to fulfill my responsibilities in supporting WSUSA and all the events that we hold to get YOU involved because YOU are the GREAT in Weber State.

Stay sweet.

-- Legislative Vice President --

Parker Hughes
Hello! My name is Parker Hughes and it is an honor to be running for the office of Legislative Vice President. Over the course of my time at Weber State University, I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership and service capacities dedicated to our school and surrounding communities. Through these experiences, I have obtained the skills and knowledge needed to lead a Senate that is responsive to the needs of our diverse student population.

As the current Senator for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and WSUSA Senate Internal Affairs Committee Chair, I have brought a perspective to the Senate floor that puts students first while standing on principles of honesty and hard work. It is my intention to retain this ethic within the Senate, as we are here for no reason other than to serve you. In meeting this end, it is essential that we have a Legislative Vice President who recognizes the challenges facing our student body and respects the process for enacting positive reform. I am fully committed to this mission and will facilitate an environment dedicated to meeting the demands of our university.

The Senate is unique in that it is equipped to address any concern brought forward. Through our connections with every department on campus, the Senate can ensure the student voice is heard in major decisions facing the university.  To name a few items, this year alone the Senate has been instrumental in protecting student rights, improving university housing conditions, encouraging reform to general education, and ensuring student-veterans retain their benefits. Under my leadership, I envision a Senate that remains fiscally sound as well as capable of attending to sensitive issues with reason and the best interest of students in mind. 

In speaking with many of the newly elected senators, I recognize a group that is enthusiastic to serve on behalf of students. Further, it is my desire to work alongside them in providing you with strong representation at Weber State University. With high aspirations for our university community, I humbly ask for your support as the Legislative Vice President.

--- Davis Campus and Satellite Centers Vice President ---

McKell Costley
My name is McKell Costley and I thrilled to run for Davis Campus and Satellite Centers Vice President. I am excited for this opportunity to represent the student body at Davis campus and all of our wonderful satellite centers.

I have spent almost all of my time as a Weber State student at the Davis campus, either as a student or as a service specialist at the information desks. From there, I worked with other students in the Davis Student Involvement & Leadership board in organizing their events. Last year I decided to join the board myself and had the opportunity to serve as Director of Traditional Programming. In that role, I was able to not only organize fun and successful events, I also was able to work alongside some amazing student leaders and learn from their experiences and leadership. The positions and time I have enjoyed at Davis campus have helped me to grow and gain confidence in my own abilities as well as allow me to meet so many interesting and talented students. Because of the people I have met and the things I have learned, I want to give back to the students at Davis campus and encourage others to participate and grow as I have.

I am excited to coordinate with other students and student leaders as Davis Campus and Satellite Centers Vice President. Weber State is a wonderful university and Davis campus and the other centers in Morgan, Roy, and Farmington Station are hidden gems that more students should know about. Representing Davis campus and promoting events and involvement there is my number one priority. I will commit fully my time to increasing involvement and energy in the student body at Davis campus, our satellite centers, and Weber State as a whole.

--- Vice President of Clubs and Organizations ---

Jessica Cairo
Go you! Yes, you! If you’re reading this, you’re one of the students who actually cares about the elections at Weber State University! My name is Jessica Cairo and I am running for Vice President of Clubs and Organizations.

I’m a military brat that loves her country, an animal lover, and a middle child with two brothers (My younger brother was just elected as the new Davis Campus Senator for WSUSA Senate! So proud!). I’m in my junior year (a few credits away from being a senior) majoring in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience, and in Integrated Studies in Japanese, English and Linguistics. I am currently serving as the President of Greek Council and in the WSUSA Senate as the Davis Campus Senator. I’ve been attending Weber State for 6 years now (WOWZA!). During that time I’ve been involved with many clubs and organizations, such as: Black Scholars United (BSU), Asian Area Council, CASA (Catholic and Service Association), Multicultural Advancement in Science (MAS), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society), Delta Chi Nu (Greek Life), Wyvern (Anime Club), Japan Club, Achieving Women’s Excellence (AWE), and Gender and Sexuality Alliance (Wildcat GSA).

Getting up, going to class, going to work, going home to your bed, then repeating it every day isn’t going to give you an exciting college experience. Employers and graduate schools aren’t just looking at your GPA, but your extracurricular involvement too. There are over 200 clubs and organizations at Weber State, and it’s my goal to help as many students as I can get the most out of their college experience. As much as I love learning, it’s not my classes that get me out of bed, but the people I’ve met here that I look forward to seeing every day. My goal is to spread the word about clubs and organizations on campus; connect students to people who will help them achieve their academic and career aspirations, and share the love and pride I have for Weber State University. Let’s have an EPIC year Wildcats!! Vote Jessica Cairo for Vice President of Clubs and Organizations!

--- Vice President of Service ---

Hayley Harris
I cherish the life changing experiences I’ve gained through service and I want to help other students find the same thing. My passion is serving others and participating in community engagement.

I am an active member of the service team as the chair for Ogden’s Youth Impact, a non-profit organization for underprivileged kids.For the past two years in this position I’ve given more than 500 hours of service and have planned events that have totaled over 175 volunteers. Some of these events have included Christmas drives, Halloween carnivals, and WSU athletic teams sharing their sport with the kids. Volunteering weekly at Youth Impact has given me valuable skills and experiences I hope to share with others. This position has given me diverse opportunities that will allow me to better lead as the Service VP.

As the Service VP, my goals are to:

  1. Help students find their passion in life through the service they give.
  2. Work with different teams and groups on campus collaborating events that will benefit the community as a whole.
  3. Give students service experiences that will prepare them for career opportunities, graduate school and doctorate programs.

I hope to earn your vote and be your Service VP for the upcoming school year. It would be the highest honor to represent WSU in the Ogden community.

--- Vice President of Diversity & Unity ---

Slim Ben Khalifia
My name is Slim Ben Khalifa, the current Traditional Student Senator.

I am an international student from Tunisia who grew up in different cultural backgrounds due to my parents’ travel. I speak Three languages: Arabic, French, and English. I came to Weber State University three years ago, soon, I began getting involved with the Diversity board as the “Stop The Hate Chair”, where I learned how to become an active student who believes in Unity among people. My plan therefore, is to develop a safer campus for all individual. spread love and unity on campus, I believe in love for all religions, races, and cultures. My goal is to have a better ally community for all LGBTQA2+. As Allies, we will stand up and defend the LGBTQA2+ community against all forms of hate, Because WE ARE UNITED IN OUR DIVERSITY.

I would like to add that mental illness is real, and as a student body officer I will try my utmost best to spread awareness about all mental health, and support all students!
#LetLovewin #LoveisLove 

--- Vice President of Activities ---

Michelle Thao
I am a first generation and traditional student. My first year of college I was unaware of any types of activities happening at Weber State University. I was the typical, everyday student who went to class and went straight home. I felt disconnected to Weber State University and had no social life on campus.

 Thankfully, I was privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of the current Activities Team under the leadership of Noor Mouhammad. During the past months, I have learned about what improvements to make. If I am elected for Vice President of Activities, I plan on keeping and fostering events as a tradition at Weber State. I want to increase student involvement on campus and around the local community. I want to make Weber State a university where students have the same opportunities and experience that other universities give to their students.

I plan to create a year where students are proud to be a wildcat and have the opportunity to gain a college experience that every student would like. As Vice President of Activities, I plan on enhancing current activities we have at Weber such as, the Foam Bash, dances, Jam Nights and more. I want to make Weber State events about the quality that students get as well as bring students together. I care about what Weber State students want in their life on campus and what experiences they would like to be offered. I am willing to learn and put effort into making this coming year be better than the last by improving events that have not been about quality of student experience. We are all here to make our dreams happen with an education but also to create bonds within our community and peers.

Vote for me as Weber’s Vice President of Activities and I will make this year great again. 

--- Vice President of Leadership ---

Mackenzie Stokes
Hey there fellow Wildcats! My name is Mackenzie Stokes and I want to be your next Leadership Vice-President! I have been involved with the Leadership Team for three years now and I believe my experience makes me the best candidate for this position.

My experience on Leadership, combined with years of assessing our team, has made me realize that we need to focus more on what YOU, the students, WANT and not on what we, as a team, think you want. It is a waste of student fees to put on events that students do not want to attend, so I vow as Leadership Vice-President that I will put your student fees to good use, and I will give YOU the opportunities that YOU want. I will do this by assigning a sub-team on Leadership called LEAD Weber to survey students and gather information. I want them to come up with new, creative ideas that are relevant to student needs. They will also be tasked with encouraging students to get involved on campus, putting extra emphasis on freshmen so that they may stay involved throughout their entire college career. My ultimate goal for this team is to put on educational events where students can learn how to get involved and how to hone their strengths. Students should feel comfortable approaching Leadership team members to have conversations about their needs, knowing that we will do something about it. I want the Leadership Team to be the STUDENT'S team.

I love Weber State, I love the Leadership Team,  and I would love to serve each and every one of you. I hope you take me into consideration when stepping into those voting booths!


Senate Winners

Traditional Student Senator

Chibuike Chikere-Njoku
It is with great excitement that I look forward to getting involved with WSUSA once again. I am currently the special events co-chair for the activities team, which has been a wonderful experience and in order to broaden my horizon have decided to put my feet towards the legislative branch of the student body.

My platform includes:

  1. Engagement: traditional students make up a good number of students most of them know little or nothing about what goes on in school outside of their classes. It is my hope that I can use my skills from working on the activities team to increase involvement on campus.
  2. Clarity: create an environment that makes the students aware of the amenities the students are entitled to that are covered by their tuition on fees.
  3. Gather information: finally, as a senator, I am well aware that this position serves to represent the voice of a vast group of individuals and so my ultimate goal is to figure out what the students want and then building off of that.

Non-traditional Student Senator

Janis Branca
My name is Janis Branca. I am the current Non-Traditional Student Senator and I am seeking reelection for the upcoming academic year of 2017-2018.

Over the last year, I have actively sought the opinions of my non-traditional constituents. Through listening to your concerns and ideas, I have been able to serve as an advocate, allowing your voices to be heard while representing you in the student senate.

One of the many issues brought forward during conversations with my fellow students include a concern regarding testing center hours and days of operation. This specifically relates to the expansion of the Stewart Library, in which an additional testing center will be located. We have the ability to address this issue by working with university officials to evaluate a possible solution that will increase the new testing center’s availability to students.

A second pressing concern for many non-traditional students is the availability of on-site daycare at Weber State’s Davis Campus. Although I cannot ensure an immediate resolution to this issue, I promise to work this issue to the best of my ability, utilizing my knowledge of campus resources.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you over the course of the past year. I have enjoyed getting to know you all as you have trusted me to represent you. I would like to continue the great progress and changes that we are working towards and I hope you support me in continuing to represent you as your Non-Traditional Student Senator.

Students with Disabilities Senator

Austin Happenny
I am currently a Nursing major in my last year of the ADN program. This will be the end of my second year here at Weber State University and I have enjoyed every moment of school. Weber State University is an amazing college to not only foster your own personal growth, but also to challenge yourself academically.

 I am currently running for the senator position for Students with Disabilities. I have worked with the disability department since my junior year of high school and have helped with numerous events.  I work directly with their Creating Achievement Through Transition program, where I have been a peer guide for three years. My main goal is to help my constituency feel more comfortable about disclosing disability and receiving the proper accommodations to succeed in college.

In many instances students feel that if they disclose their disability to a professor, staff member, or an advisor they will be stigmatized. A fear of being labeled causes students to refrain from receiving proper help. This can cause frustration not only for the student, but also for faculty who try to help.

My hope is for everyone to better understand that having a disability does not define or limit you as a person. Having a disability allows you the rare chance in life to be unique. It may cause you to do things differently than others but should not discourage you from achieving your goals in college or in life.  Everyone should be given the chance to earn a college education, and Weber State University has the tools necessary to help everyone accomplish this dream.

I will not be able to achieve this vision alone; it will require help from not only the students in my constituency and the Disability Services office but also from staff and faculty members. This can be accomplished through the development of support groups, outreach and information sessions regarding disability. Once established students will have the opportunity to foster their development. Let’s help everyone succeed at college. Let’s make it happen! Vote for Happenny.

Davis Campus Senator

Jefferson Cairo
I believe that I am good for the position of Davis Campus Senator because I've come to be a part of Davis Team and through them have been able to stay active within the Davis community. I have previous leadership experience that I would hope to use in order to better my ability to help the voices of Davis Campus reach the main campus.




Graduate Senator

Taylor Spencer J

Hispanic Senator

Julio Otay
My name is Julio Otay. I'm a freshman seeking a Business Administration major.  I have been working in the last 10 years with many different organizations, especially those related with community service. From day one , I wanted to serve and help in the University. I'm interested to hear your concerns and to work together to change and improve our University. I'm 100% committed to represent you and be your voice at Senate. I'm committed to work together with other students as well, in order to reach different ideas that can benefit us all.



American Indian Senator

Patricia A. Benally

African American Senator

Jazmine Gruber Allen
My name is Jazmine Gruber Allen; I am a current student of Weber State University, studying Mathematics Education. I value this opportunity to run for African American Senator. It is my desire to get more African American students involved with events on campus, as well as bring to light the many resources and opportunities that we share. On campus, we have many assets for students to utilize including scholarships as well as other academic advantages, community involvement, and student engagement. With my focus on African American student involvement, I want to guide students to achieving the highest rate of success while also continuing to find even more opportunities. Working on campus, I have the ability to network and make connections in order to give African American students the capabilities to join the many organizations available. By running for African American Senator, it is my goal to give all resources for success to the African American students. Through all of the hardships of school, working, and maintaining a social life, we can make it easier on ourselves, by coming together.

Asian Senator

Minsum Choi

Pacific Islander Senator

Samantha Kivalu

College of Business & Economics Senator

Andrew Glover
My name is Andrew Glover and I am running to be your next College of Business and Economics Senator. I am qualified for this position because of my past involvement with the WSUSA Leadership Team. I have been an active and involved member for the past four years and have served in many different roles. In these roles, I’ve learned many valuable skills such as effective communication, better organization, and the ability to lead a team.  I am now interested in running for senate because I am passionate about Weber State and its students and I want to be the bridge between my constituency and the university.

I plan on accomplishing this by:

  • Representing the students of the business program at the university level.
  • Encouraging students to become involved with the clubs in the business college.
  • Representing the students of the business college in a professional manner.
  • Helping students further their careers by introducing them to employers from the Ogden area.
  • Exposing new students to the business college by marketing in a new and unique way.
  • Being a voice for students opinions and concerns.
  • Providing students with the opportunites to grow and enhance their resume.

It would be an honor to serve as your senator for the College of Business and Economics, and I hope you will take me into consideration when voting.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator

Kenneth Griffey
Hi, my name is Kenneth Griffey and I will be running for senator of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana, but now have been a Utah resident for three years and have enjoyed the diverse opportunities this state has to offer. After receiving my associates degree from BYU-Idaho, I found myself at Weber State University. A university that in my eyes is built on diversity, equality, and progress. I believe the foundation of this school is built by a very proactive community of students, who are willing to do anything and everything for their community. As a student of the behavioral sciences, I plan on pursuing a bachelors degree in psychology, followed with a minor in neuroscience, political sciences, and criminal justice. I strive to receive my PhD, focusing on substance abuse and addiction. Not only do I desire to aid those in rehabilitation, but I plan on becoming active within the communities, pushing for medical, and criminal justice reform, giving those whose voice can not be heard an opportunity to be heard by all. Goals I hope to accomplish through the help of the student body, is to  create a stronger understanding of substance abuse and addiction, as well as mental illness. I aim to find ways that will create opportunities for students to become involved in their communities and fight for those who need aid. I hope that if put in the position as your senator, I will have your trust, and confidence so that we may inspire a leadership that is designed by the people for the people. I believe the power belongs not only to the student body but as well as the community in which we all live in, and once given a voice we can not be stopped, and change is inevitable. 

College of Arts and Humanities Senator

Estefani Perez-Lopez
My name is Estefani Perez-Lopez and I believe that Arts and Humanities maintain our sanities! I became involved on campus after pushing myself out of my shell, even going on to be the president of Latinos in Action and planning out our annual conference, which has over 5,000 students in attendance. I have also served on committees for various clubs and organizations, such as marketing committee, events committee, and financial committee, where I worked closely with others and expanded my knowledge of our campus and community. It was through involvement like this in various clubs and organizations that I realized how rewarding it can be to serve others. I was amazed by the amount of opportunities we have for involvement, and how passionate people were for these opportunities. I was inspired by the passion I had seen amongst my peers and decided to do my part to help it grow.

I know the feeling of wanting to keep to yourself, and as your senator, I want to be someone you trust to help you get out there and share your talents with our campus! I am always ready to meet new people and lend a listening ear to a friend in need. I love Weber State and I am eager to begin helping our Wildcats!

I know that I possess the organizational skills, leadership experience, and motivation to be a positive and effective senator for our college. I am ready to provide my fellow Arts and Humanities students with any information or assistance they might need. If I don’t know the answer to a question straightaway, I will do everything in my power to find the answer and keep you informed.

I will ensure that your voices are heard in the university. There is no such thing as an insignificant grievance or an unimportant voice, I want to hear anything and everything you have to say! I understand my commitment to you and this university and I’m more than ready to get started!

College of Health Professions Senator

Brenda Torres
I would love to represent you as college students in the health profession. Anyone going into the medical field knows how much they are needed because they are always discovering new methods in improving people’s lives. One of the reasons the medical field is intriguing is because I’m a current Certified Nurse’s Assistant which I get to help people recover to their potential state for them to be able to go back and live a normal life which, was one of the reason I chose to be a Respiratory major.

A lot of people don’t even know Weber State has senators which, was surprising to hear. I want people to know they have senators that represent them every day at Weber. By doing so, their concerns would be one of my priorities and another would be figuring out a solution to satisfy them.

I have always enjoyed being involved in school or helping the community not just because it looks good on my resume, but because I get to meet new people and have an impact in their life. Over the years I have been a part of some organizations like Latinos in Action, Hispanic Area Council, CATT, and Leap. For me, being involved in school is one of many important aspects in my life because I know I’m making a difference, which is why I want to be part of the senate committee.

The reason I chose to run for the health professions senate is because I feel I have grown over the years in watching my mentors and leaders have an impact in my life.  Through their guidance and teaching they have taught me to become a leader and apply my learnings and make a difference. I want to have the privilege to represent the students at Weber State and be their voice in what they want to see changed and make their college experience the best and to be proud of the school they have chosen. 

College of Science Senator

Alexis Frias
Science is the poetry of reality and science is a way of thinking.  My name is Alexis Frias, and I am re-running for College of Science Student position. I am a senior and majoring in Physics and minoring in Math. I have been actively involved at Weber State as a student for a couple of years, participating in multiple organizations such as the Hispanic Area Council, WSUSA Clubs and Organizations and on the WSUSA activities team. During my involvement at WSU, I have had the chance to learn how to be the right kind of leader. I have to work hard and that is what I am planning to do. Through all these experiences I have gained a profound love for Weber State as well as the confidence, I know that I can work to accomplish many great things for you, the College of Science students. Our science departments at Weber State are known for being the best departments in Utah, I would love to help that reputation develop and grow especially with the addition of the new Science Building.

The role of the College of Science senator is to act as a liaison between the College of Science students and the university. If elected, I want to create better communication between students, professors, the student senator and WSU. To accomplish this I, want to create College of Science Department Representatives. The effort to hear more student voices is something that is hard since the college is so big. Department reps. are used in other colleges and it is a great asset where it will allow me to serve the College of Science student population more effectively.

With my leadership & student experiences as well as an understanding of what the College of Science students need, I believe that I can make next year more gratifying experience for everyone. I would be honored to have the opportunity to represent you as the College of Science student senator. Imagine, Invent, Inspire and lets show everyone how great the College of Science is.


Frequently Asked Questions About Elections

Can anyone run for a student government position?
Yes. However, there are some eligibility requirements that you can read in the elections packet. You must enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credited hours at WSU per semester and pay full-time student fees during your term of office. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher during your term. Must be in good academic, financial, and judicial standing with the University. And you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

How long do students hold office?
Students hold their positions for the fall and spring semesters. All positions will require summer planning and training hours. Each position has specific job requirements that must be fulfilled. There may also be other functions related to your position in addition to noted requirements. These are to be determined by the position, and more information is provided in the elections packet.

Are there any rules to the signage my campaign can put up?
There usually are rules and regulations to what your campaign can contain, however these differ from year to year, depending on the elections committee and previous years. Before elections begins, the office of student involvement and leadership as well as the elections committee will create a packet of information containing such rules and regulations as well as other campaign information. They will also hold a meeting to discuss candidates concerns.

How do I vote?
Voting takes place through WeberSync, which is easily accessible through any student's eWeber profile.

Why should I vote?
Voting is important for every student. Your student fees help to pay for several seminars, sponsor clubs and organization as well as many other things. By voting and learning about the candidates you can learn and gain a greater understanding of what the candidates believe is best for you. If you have further questions about why you should vote, please pose the question through email, social media, or come stop by!


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