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Student government elections were held during the last week of May. If you have questions about the results, please email assouchiefofstaff@sou.edu or visit ASSOU in SU 308. Thanks for voting!

Results

Results

Student Body President & Vice President

  • Winner: Promise Grace and Drew Koch (55% with 451 votes)
  • Andrew Ensslin and Nico Millitello (45% with 366 votes)

Arts & Performance Senator

  • Winner: Erin Gilpin (100% with 717 votes)

Athletics & Recreation Senator

  • Winner: Colin Davis (100% with 715 votes)

Business, Communication, & Environmental Studies Senator

  • Winner: Reed Tennyson (51% with 339 votes)
  • Dominic York (49% with 322 votes)

Campus Life & Housing Senator

  • Winner: Julia Heinlein (100% with 694 votes)

Clubs & Organizations Senator

  • Winner: Tiffany Reardon (100% with 697 votes)

Education, Health, & Leadership Senator

  • Winner: Jacob Kaler (54% with 353 votes)
  • Tanner Canady (46% with 300 votes)

Environmental Affairs Senator

  • Winner: Paige Pinyard (37% with 249 votes)
  • Princess Franks (36% with 243 votes)
  • Mark Morrison (26% with 175 votes)

Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Senator

  • Winner: Emily Pfeiffer (100% with 681 votes)

Humanities & Culture Senator

  • Winner: Heather Buchanan (100% with 681 votes)

International Senator

  • Winner: Mohammed Alskaet (100% with 681 votes)

Multicultural Affairs Senator

  • Winner: Cade Knutson (100% with 686 votes)

Nontraditional & Military Affairs Senator

  • Winner: Sam Longnecker (100% with 660 votes)

Social Sciences Senator

  • Winner: Megan Mercier (100% with 680 votes)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Senator

  • Winner: Kristin Fitzpatrick (100% with 691 votes)

Candidates

Candidates

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Student Body President & Vice President

Andrew Ensslin (President) and Dominic "Nico" Militello (Vice President)

Andrew Ensslin

Hi,

My name is Andrew Ensslin and I am running for Student Body President with my running mate Nico Militello. I have spent the last several years at SOU earning my degrees in Political Science & History and have spent the last two and a half years in student government, working and connecting with the many different students and student groups on campus. I have served as the Campus Life & Housing Senator for 14 months and have served as the Speaker of the Senate for the last two years. My most recent year has allowed me to also work as the Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Senator, connecting with our amazing campus diversity.

I have been honored to work closely with many different campus organizations, having worked with Raider Athletics as well as having lived with students within the Residence Halls. Through this experience I have seen that ASSOU's connectivity to many students can be greatly improved. I have heard from countless students about the heavy cost of tuition and, having paid the cost myself, look forward to the challenge of representing the firm voice of students to the University Administration and the State Legislature, bringing accountability through transparency in ASSOU's dealings with all campus stakeholders. Most importantly, we must also be transparent with you, the student body. We want to hear directly from you all and know what you want your student government to do this coming year so that we may act according to what our campus wants of us. Nico and I want to work for YOU. In this time of turbulent change for our University, we have the experience to guide our campus through the next year, and set students up for success for several more years to come. Thank-you all for the tremendous support we have already received! We are truly grateful.

"Your Life, Your University, Your Time Is Now!"

andrew

Dominic "Nico" Militello

Hi, my name is Dominic "Nico" Militello. I am running with Andrew Ensslin to make this a more student oriented, student driven campus community. My involvement thus far has been primarily focused in the residence halls, except being a First Year Mentor. I started he as the RHA Area Council Representative, the following year I was the RHA Food Committee Chair, at the end of my time as Food Committee Chair I was elected to be the RHA President.

I am dedicated to making this place a space dedicated to students. After all it is Your Life, Your University, and Your Time is Now!

 nico

Promise Grace (President) and Drew Koch (Vice President)

Promise Grace

My name is Promise Grace. I have been actively involved with various departments here at SOU. I've worked closely with the Multicultural Resource Center as the Multicultural Coalition Coordinator for the identity based Student Groups. I've also worked with other various organizations such as the Queer Resource Center and University Housing. Finally, I've work as a Raider Ambassador for the past three years. This year I've worked with the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University as the Director of Gender Equality and Sexual Diversity. With that, I've been a part of many committees and meetings such as the University Planning Board where discussions on student success are top priority. My work with ASSOU has allowed the University to obtain $1 million dollars, $500,000 for SOU and $500,000 for EOU. Through involvement and activity with these departments, students have been able to ensure their success and let there voices shine!

Drew Koch

No description provided

 

Arts & Performance Senator

Erin Gilpin

Current involvement at SOU

I am current involved (somewhat) with the photo club and physics club and am actively involved with ASSOU and as the Arts & Performance Senator.

Leadership experience

Arts & Performance Senator (tail-end of 2013-2014 term); owner of a transcription/editing service (2005-present); owner of a personal concierge service (2008-2009); parent of 3 children (2 teenagers + 1 elementary age); community homeowner's association founder/leader

Why would you like to be a senator?

To represent the students in the art, music, theater, creative writing, and EMDA department, to be more actively involved in the workings of student government oand our university, and to continue to improve and grow both personally and as a student + community member.

 

Athletics & Recreation Senator

Colin Davis

I like America.

I like Sports.

I like Southern Oregon University.

And I like you.

 

Tanner Canaday

Current involvement at SOU

Wrestler at Southern Oregon University. COmmunity serrvice cutting wood, taking wreaths down town Ashland, spending time with elders in the community.

Leadership experience

I was in ASB my 4 years of highschool, as well as Jr-high. As a Jr. I was Vice ASB President, and as a Sr. I was ASB President of myrtle Point High School.

Why would you like to be a senator?

I believe I would be a great tool for this branch. Also, I care about Souther Oregon University and would like to give back to the students attending.

 

Business, Communication, & Environmental Studies Senator

Reed Tennyson

Current involvement at SOU

I am currently a redshirt sophmore on the SOU Wrestling team. I annually participate in community service of taking down Christmas wreaths. And also on occasion the Jackson county woodcuts.

Leadership experience

Wrestling and Basketball team captain in High school. 3 years of experience as captain of a 32ft commercial fishing vessell in Alaska.

Why would you like to be a senator?

I would like to be apart of ASSOU, so that I can actively be involed with the SOU student body and give back to the students!

 

Dominic York

Current involvement at SOU

  • Own and operate my own business
  • Always looking for oppoortunities to expand SOU's business knowledge, as well as my own
  • Have met many business majors on campus, I understand our struggles.

Leadership experience

  • Planned Assembly's for my High School
  • Own and operate my own company/business called Portland's Finest Apparel (portlandsfinest.net)
  • Communication skills: public speaking, listening
  • I know how to work with teams as a team player, as well as a leader
  • Committment: I am committed to finishing whatever I start

Why would you like to be a senator?

I have a passion to lead, and I believe ASSOU will indubitably benefit from my participation. I want to improve the lives of the students at SOU, and I feel as if I can help improve these lives by fighting for issues that matter to students. I fit the requirements for being a senator, and am committed to retain these requirements.

 

Campus Life & Housing Senator

Julia Heinlein

Current involvement at SOU

Vote Core team Events & Publicity coordinator, ASSOU intern 2 terms, Secretary of AAC, attended OSCC & NWSLC, member of Soma Christian club, living in residence halls

Leadership experience

4 years as a camp counselor, editor-in-chief of school magazine, organizer of youth group events, High School mentorship program member

Why would you like to be a senator?

I know how much work senators can put it, but the work is so rewarding and important. I have good ideas, and I would like to use them to better the lives of students at SOU.

 

Clubs & Organizations Senator

Tiffany Reardon

Current involvement at SOU

Currently, I am the Director of Athletics, Recreation, and outdoor programs and am the president of the women's Rugby club. I work for the recreation dept. too and am very involved with my constituence

Leadership experience

founding member/women's rugby president 2011-2014 ROAP director 2014

Why would you like to be a senator?

I was apart of Exec. this year and really enjoed all that we did/all that I learned. I want to continue to represent student groups on campus and I feel that I will be able to draw on my experiences to do so successfully.

 

Education, Health, & Leadership Senator

Jacob Kaler

Current involvement at SOU

I participate on the basketball team, I referee intramural basketball, softball and volleyball. I am work office hours for Marquis Malcom, the recreation coordinator. I am a member of the Black + Red Crew (BRC) led by Matt Sayre.

Leadership experience

I was a leader/chaperone on a "Courts for Kids" mission trip to Cambodia. We spent 9 days building a multi-purpose sports court, passed out Food water and clothes, and painted their Schools' walls

Why would you like to be a senator?

I want to get people involved and make student life more enjoyable on campus. I also want to assist people in building connections that can be used later in life. Looking to represent for the athletes on campus. 

 jacob

Environmental Affairs Senator

Mark Morrison

Current involvement at SOU

I currently sit on the environmental affairs committee, voting on projects to allocate the Green fund too. I internd last term at ASSOU getting to know some of the people I would be inolved with. I am also trying to enable some projects that would lead to SOU becoming a more sustainable campus.

Leadership experience

Thespian Troop vice president: Organizing meeting and events along side the president. Motivating people to do things. Theatrical stage manager: keeping things on time and at the right time. Managing a crew of people making sure their jobs are done right. Working with director and tech director to deliver an optimal and efficient running show.

Why would you like to be a senator?

It would be a great way to be activly involved in making SOU a more sustainable campus. I also want to represent my peers at SOU in their interest in making SOU a greenr environment in which to reside.

 

Paige Pinyard

Current involvement at SOU

This is my First year @ SOU and it has cause me to become even more passionate about the enviroment I live in! This semester I have gotten involved with the Center for Sustainability, which I believe is the future of agriculture for future communities. I am starting to volunteer with ECOS and helped with earthday this year (helping run a booth). The more I explore the environmental clubs and organizations at SOU the more the excited I get about the Future!

Leadership experience

For my leadership experiences I have organized fundraisers for a volunteer group to go to Africa, raising over $3,000. I learned to organize event, time and priorities. During the summer I worked as a craft teacher at the local church's summer programs, coming up with activities and leading the class. I believe for things to be accomplished we need to work together as a group and as a leader my role is to guide the group to stay on task and encourage!

Why would you like to be a senator?

I would really like to be a part of ASSOU's Legislative branch because I know the importance in being involved with our schools government system and the difference it akes when more students get involved. I believe I would be best put to work in the legislative branch because of my want to be leader in our school community, but most importantly to make a difference at SOU!

 

Princess E Franks

Current involvement at SOU

I attend a wide variety of events that happen at SOU. I have two more years in which I shall use to become more involved on campus.

Leadership experience

I hope to learn leadership knowledge and skills in this position. My leadership skills come from work as a Member Service Representative and head cashier. I'm also a mother of two small boys while attending school.

Why would you like to be a senator?

I'd like to be part of the Legislative branch to be a voice for students. There have been many changes since I have been a student and I'd love to be part of the process.

 

Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Senator

Emily Pfeiffer

Hello, my name is Emily Pfeiffer. I am a freshman and a psychology major here at SOU. I am originally from Tigard, OR (just outside of Portland) and moved to Ashland to start college. About halfway through fall term I became an intern for ASSOU and tried to become involved with student government as much as I could. I attended the OSCC (Oregon Students of Color Coalition) conference during fall term and the NWSLC (North West Student Leadership Conference) during winter term. Both of these conferences were a great learning experience for me and provided me with many leadership tools I now use as an ASSOU intern. I also sat on the EAAC student fee subcommittee during winter term which gave me the opportunity to voice my opinion on how student fee money should be allocated. During this term, I have been working as a clip boarding coordinator for the Vote or Vote campaign happening on campus. This gave me the opportunity to register voters, educate voters and work with new volunteers all while building student power. I am running for a senate seat because I would love to make my voice better heard in the ASSOU community and to continue the hard work I have been putting in as an intern this year.

 

Higher Education Center (HEC) Senator

No applicants

Humanities & Culture Senator

Heather Buchanan

My name is Heather Buchanan and I am a freshman at SOU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I am applying to be the Humanities and Culture Senator so that I can be an advocate for students at SOU and do my part to make sure that we are using the student fee as effectively as possible. During the winter term, I interned for ASSOU and was a part of the Stevenson Union Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Student Fee Committee. Currently, I am a Core Team Leader for the SOU Vote OR Vote campaign and am in charge of phonebanking. I have put many hours into this campaign doing phonebanking, clipboarding, class raps, and days of action in order to register and educate as many SOU students as possible. I have also lobbied representatives in the Oregon legislature to increase funding for higher education and support bills that help students. As a senator, I would continue to regularly do fieldwork and strive to go above and beyond my required duties in order to best represent and advocate for the students of SOU.

 

International Senator

Mohammed Alskaet

No description provided

 

Multicultural Affairs Senator

Cade Knutson

Current involvement at SOU

I am involved with athletics as I play on the basketball team. I also work for the Recreation department at SOU.

Leadership experience

I have coached various youth sports including basketball, track, and bowling. I've also run basketball camps, and bowling leagues.

Why would you like to be a senator?

I want to get more involved on campus, and affect the school in a positive way, while representing my fellow students to the best of my ability.

 

Nontraditional & Military Affairs Senator

Sam Longnecker

For the last two years, I have served the students of SOU as the At-Large Senator. I have worked to make the Student Fee more transparent to students by assisting in the rewriting of ASSOU Bylaws, securing the accountability of the Student Fee Process to be held by the student body it serves. This is visualized through the Student Fee Logo, use to brand the events and organizations supported by the Student Fee, so students can learn where their fee is used just by experiencing campus.

In addition to serving on the Student Fee Committee, I have served on the Stevenson Union Steering Committee, Multicultural Affairs Committee, and on University Committees for Academic Advising. I am 34 years old seeking a Bachelors in History. I understand the unique obstacles nontraditional students face in seeking or furthering their education; veterans and returning soldiers are no exception. As the son of a veteran, I am humbled by his service, and of those who continue to serve. I seek to fight for and support the needs of these dedicated soldiers as they continue their education at this university.

Integrity is the cornerstone of my service. I work diligently for the students of this institution, looking for ways to improve academic life for our students. I am dedicated to the success and fair treatment of the students of SOU and I hope you will support me as I continue to serve the student body as an adamant voice for the nontraditional and military service students.

 sam

Social Sciences Senator

Megan Mercier

Current involvement at SOU

Last quarter, I began interning with ASSOU after being drawn to the Day of Action in Salem to rally for affordable higher edducation. Since then, I have been working on the Vote OR Vote campaign, which ahs required me to talk with students of varying majors and has given me the opportunity to find out more about the issues and pressures students face.

Leadership experience

I have spent over five years working as a server, through which I have managed and trained dozens of coworkers. I have been one of two clipboarding coordinators on the Vote campaign which has required me to recruit, train, and help our volunteers in the field.

Why would you like to be a senator?

As a Political Science major, I realize the importance of being involved in demmocratic processes in order to foster positive changes not only in the community, but at the university as well. I know that being a member of senate will help me to build communication, negotiation, and rationale skills that will help me along my career path as well.

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Senator

Kristin Fitzpatrick

I am a junior, majoring in Biochemistry. I am originally from Eagle River, Alaska, and I am a notraditional student, with a previous B.A. in Theatre. I am an officer in two cluubs on campus: Chemistry Club and the Secular Student Alliance. I became involved in student government by representing my clubs at the Inter Club Council. I have served on the ICCAC and EAAC budget committees. I truly enjoy being a part of the committee decision making process, and I am interested in ensuring the efficient and transparent allocation of the student fee. Next year, during a time of transition and renovation, STEM students will require a strong leader who can articulate their needs. I can be that leader. Thank you for your support.

 kristin

Election Rules

Election Rules

ASSOU election rules ensure that all candidates, their campaigns, and all other related activities will be carried out according to the following principles:

  • The interests of the student body are protected.
  • Fairness among candidates is to be required.
  • The educational atmosphere of the University shall not be disrupted.
  • The integrity of ASSOU and confidence of the student body are not compromised.

For details, please review the election rules document.