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Student Government Association

Student Government Candidates

  

Candidate for President:

  

Curtis Walker Curtis Walker

Bio:

My name is Curtis Walker and I am currently a junior at Columbus State University, majoring in English with a minor in Political Science. I am from Columbus, GA and I am very active in the community and on campus. Aside from classwork, I can usually be found working with SGA, as Vice President of Scholastic Affairs, to create events or sitting on committee meetings to discuss student affairs. I am the chair of the All In Committee which works to increase campus political literacy and awareness. I also have the pleasure of serving as a Community Advisor in which I work with residents to ensure that their stay on campus is as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

Platform:

I am interested in running for SGA President because I believe I bring effective leadership, clear communication, and a drive to enhance Columbus State University and the college experience of its students. I am an experienced candidate, having served as a Senator for the College of Letters and Sciences, as well as Vice President of Scholastic Affairs. I know the functions of SGA and the roadblocks that lie ahead. I know that with that experience I am the candidate that will be able to get things done. I believe in serving as a servant leader, ensuring that my administration works to be open and engaged with our student body. Working to create a space where students are not only heard, but they see action being taken on their behalf.

Some of the goals I have if I am to become President of SGA are the following:

  • Making students aware that SGA serves as a direct source to solve student issues and enable student creativity and innovation.
  • Revising the current SGA Constitution to better fit the needs of the student body and explain the roles and duties of all SGA officers.
  • Increasing campus sustainability by increasing recycling stations and placing them in more visible areas.
  • Working with student clubs and organizations to decrease the number of requirements they must meet in order to be considered a club.
  • Increasing campus spirit and student involvement in campus events.
  • Hosting townhalls to allow direct communication between SGA and the student body.
  

Candidates for Vice President of Scholastic Affairs:

  

Kenneth Butler Kenneth Butler

Bio:

I am Kenneth Butler, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I found my passion in performing arts when I started taking theatre classes in the 6th grade. In my 9th grade year, I had to build the theatre department at my school. Taking new leadership positions I began to enjoy writing and directing for the stage. This soon grew into a new passion for filmmaking. I founded my company in 9th grade and since then I have produced several short films and plays. Over the years I taught myself many vital skills in photography and video production. In college, I hope to continue bettering my craft and gain important experience and knowledge to launch my company on a larger scale.

Platform:

I am interested in Student Government because I care a great deal about the opinions of students and I hope to represent them in the best way that I can. As a senator, I worked to make sure that SGA had a presence on the Riverpark Campus. My ultimate goal is to be able to bridge the gap between the two campuses. I want students to feel welcomed and comfortable on both campuses. As the Vice President of Student Affairs I will work closely with the senators to communicate with students in all colleges. I will allow my office to be open for anyone to come and voice their opinions about the university and I will do whatever is necessary to solve the problems that students are facing. I will also use my extensive knowledge of communication to help promote the organization. SGA deserves to be just as popular and accessible as other large student organizations. I have several campaign ideas to make SGA more transparent and to really introduce the organization to the students in a new light.

  

Madison Miller Madison Miller

Bio:

HI! My name is Madison Miller and I am running for Vice President of Scholastic Affairs (VPSA). My goal or motto as VPSA is to “Connect our Cougars”. I want students of Columbus State to feel in touch with their campus, their resources, and their peers. In order to do this effectively, as VPSA, I have several ideas that will add life to the atmosphere of CSU while still continuing some of the great things already in place.

Platform:

  • Making students aware that SGA serves as a direct source to solve student issues and enable student creativity and innovation.
  • Revising the current SGA Constitution to better fit the needs of the student body and explain the roles and duties of all SGA officers.
  • Increasing campus sustainability by increasing recycling stations and placing them in more visible areas.
  • Working with student clubs and organizations to decrease the number of requirements they must meet in order to be considered a club.
  • Increasing campus spirit and student involvement in campus events.
  • Hosting townhalls to allow direct communication between SGA and the student body.
While SGA is on the move in a positive direction, I have aligned my platform with some other great candidates to run together under the motto FORWARD 2020. We have the vision of continuing to move SGA in a positive direction, or FORWARD, so I encourage you to vote for me and other candidates in this campaign.

Follow or DM me on Instagram for any questions and to follow my campaign! @millys.ig

Email me ideas/questions: miller_madison@columbussstate.edu

  

Malachi Norris Malachi Norris

Bio:

Former SGA Senator (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)

Platform:

I am interested in this position because I care about the students at CSU and want to try and make this campus a better place for the students. I think being in a position on the SGA exec board will help me help the students more by being able to closely work with other organizations on campus. I feel like I can provide a new look on things as being military and Greek. I can also provide a good amount of leadership experience to the team and help us grow and learn more through the year. If elected I plan on keeping the same goals as the pervious successor to the position.

  

Candidates for Vice President of Finance:

  

Stevon Lester Stevon Lester

Bio:

From the moment I stepped onto Columbus State University's campus, I knew that there were plenty of opportunities for me to make a difference in the lives of others and to see a change within. I began making connections, putting my best foot forward and taking advantage of every potential growth moment presented to me. It didn't take long for me to get active and acquainted on campus by joining organizations like Collegiate 100, WCUG Radio, NAACP, working on campus, as well as attending camp P.R.O.W.L. Immediately I felt this yearning to do something more as a student, and Collegiate 100 provided that avenue for me. I stuck out from the other chapter members and begun making connections on and off-campus. Community service became so important to me, and I realized that I have a true desire to make the lives of others better. I gave up the opportunities to go to the beach with friends or to go home and see family for weekends and spring breaks and instead spent time volunteering for a community in which I did not live in. Within my first year of college, I had over 75 (Currently 144) hours of community service simply because it was something that I loved to do. Currently holding leadership positions within the entire campus, now looking to advance my academic career in this next chapter.

Platform:

Columbus State University has quickly become the perfect school for me. I’ve been exposed to so many different leadership opportunities and experiences in just my second year here at CSU. Now I have the chance to progress as a young professional and a student with SGA. It has been brought to my attention that elections are beginning this semester and I would be honored to hold the Vice President of Finance position at Columbus State. Within my two years at CSU, I’ve had the opportunity to hold different titles relating to finance. As the treasurer of Every Nation Campus and Event Co-Chair coordinator for Cougarthon, I was given the responsibility to ensure that the organization was correctly managing and maximizing their budgets. Even now as the President of Collegiate 100, I have to put the organization in the best financial state that it has seen in years in just my first semester as President. Finance is not just something I take interest but a topic that I take very seriously as I understand the power that comes from being financially stable. As VP of Finance, I will ensure that organizations are properly utilizing the funds that are available to them. I found the fact that we had thousands of dollars left over in Fall 2019 quite unacceptable with all the different RSO. I will make it a necessity to make sure that we educate our RSO’S and keep an open line of communication to ensure that they are operating at their fullest potential.

  

Shanoah Murray Shanoah Murray

Bio:

I am currently a freshman at Columbus State University, and my major is accounting. Being an accounting major, I love numbers like Oprah loves to give out cars. So when Gabby told me about this position, I was very eager to learn more. But don’t worry I’m not boring. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and making people laugh (on occasion). In my free time, I love to grab my buddies and attend events around campus. Including events like your SGA getting to know you that I attended a couple weeks ago. There I got to meet some of the people I could potentially be working with (if I’m lucky). All jokes aside, I am really passionate about getting the most out of my college experience by getting involved in the campus community. So, thank you for considering me for this position.

Platform:

I am interested in this position because it would be a great opportunity for me to be involved in the college community while gaining knowledge in this field. I can establish a firm authoritative role in the budgeting and refunding of organizations. While fulfilling my duties I can also bring a fun and outgoing personality to the team. If I get the opportunity to fulfill this position, my main goal will be to possibly create an outline that simplifies the tasks that may make this job so difficult. That would be one of my main goals to not only make the daily operations of this job go smoother but to also (when necessary) make the change in command flow a lot smoother as well. I am eager to learn more about the job and once I do I will be able to make more obtainable goals throughout my term of Vice President of Financial Affairs. Thanks again for this opportunity I am looking forward to this experience.

  

Kayla Gillard Kayla Gillard

              

Bio:

Former Senator of the College of Letters and Sciences (Fall 2019 – Spring 2020)

              

              

              

              

  

Candidates for Chief Justice:

  

Sean Gatewood Sean Gatewood

Bio:

I was born in New York City, however having moved here at eleven months old this city is all I know. I am the youngest of five siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Both of my parents are veterans of the Army, and we often visit Ft. Benning even now for business of one kind or another. I graduated from Spencer High School. It was there through the help of the faculty and administration that I slowly began to realize my own personal path to serve others through public service. Now having been a student at CSU for a while now I hope to continue to serve the student body.

Platform:

My career goals already center around public service, and I believe SGA isn’t a far leap from that. I see it as a way to be able to learn how to serve my community on a smaller scale first before slowly venturing out further. I know that becoming further involved in one's school leads to another source of motivation in your studies and adds another layer of experience to being a student beyond just going to class. I am interested in Chief Justice so I can continue to grow in this role and use my past experience to better the Judicial Council.

  

Douglass Wilburn Douglass Wilburn

Bio:

Hello! My full name is Timothy Douglas Wilburn but I go by either Douglas or “Doug”. I am a Psychology major with the goal to eventually obtain my PhD in Social Psychology. I love just about all things related to academia, my favorites are Philosophy which happens to be my minor and Psychology. I have always been interested in people and how they think, also I always philosophize about everything. I also have a passion for politics, civics, and ethics. When I’m not doing anything school or work related, some of my hobbies include personal research, creating music, working through online arguments, watching YouTube, reading, running, and philosophizing. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator I am an INTP. When it comes to political affiliation, I am a left-leaning independent progressive.

Platform:

I am interested in the Chief Justice position because I love studying ethics and analyzing arguments and want to become a student leader on that forefront. I would like to bring a psychological standpoint to making decisions on disciplinary hearings. This means bringing a certain understanding of the brain and behaviors thus making a decision with sufficient reason and evidence. Also, I would like to create an ethical environment when it comes to the justices and how we conduct ourselves, this is also a goal of mine. Another goal is to create a robust system that will allow for ethical decisions to made in a fair and logical manner. Lastly, I want to create a more transparent process where students get a glimpse of the process me, SGA officers, and the justices go through regarding every decision.

  

Candidates for Senator:

  

Rolo Lopez Rolo Lopez

Bio:

I was born on the 18th day of September of the year 2000. I am one minute older than my twin brother. There is a three year difference between us and our younger brother. My younger sister is nine years old and my baby sister is two years old. My goal is to always lead a personal and academic life that they can look up to. It is because of this that I love participating in organizations like Student Government, ResLife, Beat Out Cancer, and P.R.O.W.L. Furthermore, this type of involvement allows me to feel connected to my campus and to its students.

Platform:

In my first term as a Senator, I demonstrated the importance of reaching out to our students through fun and engaging events such as the GTKY Game Nights. I would like to be elected to this position again so that we can continue establishing a relationship with our constituents. I believe that I have the approachability and ideas to make this happen. In these past two semesters, we have seen many movements in the offices held. Our VP of Student Affairs and our VP of Finances left unexpectedly and had to be replaced. Our Speaker of the Reps is also planning on leaving. Unfortunately, this affects our ability to make cohesive decisions and shows our constituents a lack of continuity. By being elected as a Senator again, we can begin to bring stability to our offices. This is imperative.

  

Quincy Puryear Quincy Puryear

Bio:

Hey I’m Quincy Puryear, I’m 21 years old, and I am a people person! I love to help and listen to people all the time. Since I know a lot of people, I might not know how to fix your problem, but I bet you I know someone that does. My hobbies, include playing Pokemon Go, watching movies I probably already should have watched and trying interesting foods. I’m pretty good with a camera so I would like to add more media to SGA!

Platform:

If I were to stay in office I would make us more accessible to students. I would also be transparent and honest. I think it is very important to get all the information you need to be successful and I will tell you everything I know! I really want Student Government to be bigger than what it is and with your hep we can make it happen. I live on the RiverPark campus, but spend more time on the Main campus. My goal is to be a bridge between both campuses.

  

Gabrielle Dixon Gabrielle Dixon

Bio:

I attended Columbus State University as a Communications major with a Business minor in hopes of becoming a producer. I find the creative process very fascinating. I love the culture and inspiration that the Downtown Campus ensues in me. I always feel the need to be productive. Whether that be in school or in my personal life, I always have a goal I try to reach every day.

Platform:

There are many things that I want to divulge into as a senator. I have many ideas that have not yet formed into plans, but even so, I am super excited. One endeavor I want to undertake is joining the transportation committee. I have experienced first hand the painful struggles of Columbus State University’s shuttle service. I hope to provide the shuttle facility some relief by extending a helping hand. Townhall’s are great and all, but I am more interested in what happens after the fact. That is what I am here for; that is what I want to do.

  

Shaylyn Marshall Shaylyn Marshall

Bio:

My name is Shaylyn Marshall and I am a sophomore nursing major. I am interested in the medical field because I have a passion for helping people. I am a very outgoing person and I love meeting new people. My plans for my future occupation are in women’s health. I am going to work on the mother/baby and labor delivery floor. I want to be able to help women medically with how to care of themselves and also how to protect themselves. Also, I am currently involved with servant leadership, honors college, and I am a community advisor on the Riverpark campus.

Platform:

I am interested in becoming a senator for Student Government Association to create and effective change and enhance our campus. I am very interested in investing time to figure out ways to provide more security around the campus, so that students can feel safe anytime that they are on the campus. As a senator, I would make sure that students could have a voice in the decisions that SGA makes to make sure things are being done constructively to benefit students on campus. Also, I would like to have program events about the organization to do engaging activities to get people involved. I believe that I am a wonderful candidate for the senator position because I will go out and listen to the concerns of students, I will be open to feedback, and I will take all this information to make sure that I am building up and improving this university.