- 2016 Election Information
- Candidates for President and Vice President
- Candidates for Student Senators
ASSOU 2016-2017 Elections
To vote in the ASSOU Elections: ASSOU Elections Ballot
Campaigning will be allowed from Monday, May 9th until Friday, May 20th.
Polls will be open from Monday, May 16th at 8:00 am until Friday, May 20th at 4:00 pm.
Learn more about our amazing candidates by visiting the "Candidates for President and Vice President" and "Candidates for Student Senators" tabs.
President and Vice President
Colin Davis and Tyler Takeshita
Colin Davis for President
Vote Colin Davis, because you deserve the greatest.
Tyler Takeshita for Vice President
My name is Tyler Takeshita, and I'm running for the position of ASSOU Vice President. I'm a third-year political science student from Los Angeles, California, with hopes of attending law school after I graduate.
Julia Heinlein and Heather Buchanan
Julia Heinlein for President
Julia has been a part of ASSOU since her freshman year. She has served as the Speaker of the Senate and the Director of CORE. She is also a member of the pre healthcare society, has mentored for Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math, and volunteers at the Rogue Regional Medical Center and the Ashland Independent Film Festival. She and Heather are the creators and managers of the SOU Health Initiative. As president, she plans to increase student involvement on university committees, decrease mental health stigma, and increase the physical accessibility of SOU.
Heather Buchanan for Vice President
Heather Buchanan has been a part of ASSOU since her freshman year and has served as the Humanities and Culture Senator and the Director of Student Advocacy. She is also a member of the Honors College and National Collegiate Honors Council. She and Julia are the creators and managers of the SOU Health Initiative. As Vice President, she plans to increase student involvement on university committees, decrease mental health stigma, and increase the physical accessibility of SOU.
Emily Pfeiffer and Ricardo "Rico" Lujan-Valerio
Emily Pfeiffer for President
Hello all, my pronouns are she, her/hers, and I am running to be your next student body president. During my first term here at SOU, I was recruited to ASSOU’s internship program. Joining the internship was one of the best choices I have ever made, and has opened numerous doors for me. Since then, I have served on an officer of ASSOU’s legislative and executive branches. Between testifying before the Oregon State Legislature for reinvestment in higher education, and participating in a rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court Building, I came to the realization that advocating for student rights is my passion. Vote for myself and Ricardo Lujan-Valerio for your next student body president and vice president to bridge the gap with student leaders, see increased advocacy for affordable college education, and equal representation for all SOU students.
Ricardo "Rico" Lujan-Valerio for Vice President
My name is Ricardo Lujan Valerio and my pronouns are he, him, and his. I am currently a senior at Southern Oregon University. As a Southern Oregon University student leader, I have had the opportunity to serve students at a local, state and national level. I am currently a board member for Oregon Student Association's Oregon Students of Color Collation and the Business, Communication, and Environmental Studies Senator for ASSOU. These leadership positions have allowed me to represent my constituents at our state capitol to discuss state higher education funding, and at the national level, to lobby for the student Pell Grant and higher education affordability. I have been an activist since my senior year in high school and a paralegal at a non-profit law firm since 2012. I have been implementing everything I have done with the community to the practices at Southern Oregon University's student government. While becoming a student at Southern Oregon University, I wanted to get involved to better the experience of students at the university. Once I became involved with student government, I realized there was a significant disconnection between student governemnt and the students at-large. Vote for Emily Pfeiffer and myself for your next student body president and vice president to bridge the gap with student leaders, see increased advocacy for affordable college education, and equal representation for all SOU students.
Student Senators (by position)
*Biography information provided for candidates who supplied information
Arts and Performance
Hello, my name is Oneta Cantlon. I am a Political Science major with minors in Native American Studies and Art. I recently decided to take a ceramics class because I find art to be very soothing and decided that I wanted to do an Art minor because of my professor and the wonderful TAs and students in the class. I have noticed that often times it is very difficult for art students to be heard in student government because they are very busy. I am only half time so I have the time to represent art students in student government. I would like to put up a sign in the art buildings and Cascade so that people know that I am doing office hours and am there to serve them.
Athletics and Recreations
My name is Tyler Burke and I am currently a junior at SOU originally from Long Beach, California. I will graduate in June of 2017 with a Business Degree and a certificate in Interactive Marketing and Ecommerce. In addition to going to school, I am also on the SOU Softball team. I currently work on campus and the Co-Chair of SOU's athletic leadership group called the Black and Red Crew. I feel that it is important that our voices as student athletes are not only heard through Senate but through SOU campus as well. I will work hard to build a community at SOU.
My name is Hannah Schweighardt and I am running for Senator of Athletics and Recreation. I am a freshmen student athlete on the University's track and field team. My major is Elementary Education, and I also work on campus at the Schneider Museum of Art. As an athlete myself, it is one of my main priorities as a potential senator that our voices are heard in the student senate, as well as throughout the campus. Athletes put in countless hours of dedication, and I hope to aid them in any way that I can. I will represent the hard working athletes of SOU and make sure our voices are present in ASSOU.
Business, Communication, and Environmental Studies
Hi there! My name is Cleo McClintock, I’m from Portland, and this is my first year at SOU after transferring from community college. I am majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Digital Media and will graduate in spring 2017. Here at SOU I am a part of the Area Council for McLoughlin Hall where I help put on events and programs for students living in the residence halls. When I’m not in class I love going hiking with my friends, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and petting every dog I see. Being part of the SOU community is my favorite part of going to school here and I would love to continue to be a part of it as the BCE senator for ASSOU!
I am currently a sophomore here at Southern Oregon University and I am studying Business Management with a minor in communications. I plan of getting a certificate in Human Resources and possibly conflict resolution, if it is still available in the following years. I currently work in the Stevenson Union as a custodian and event set up crew, also actively participate as an intern for ASSOU through this past term. You can sometimes catch me walking downtown past some of the shops or eating at the Gluten Free bakery here in town. When I have some free time in the middle of the day, I head down to the shelter to hang out with the dogs.
Campus Life and Housing
Clubs and Organizations
Hey guys! My name is Dane Anderson and I’m originally from Portland, OR and a Junior here at SOU majoring in Communication with a minor in Psychology. I’m currently a member of the men’s soccer team and also help coach local youth camps here in Ashland. I’m in the process of helping plan this year's SOU student film festival and am a leader on Southern Oregon University’s soccer club. Working in student government is something I have always aspired to do to further test my leadership skills. I love being apart of the amazing community here at SOU. I would love to continue my involvement as your Clubs and Organizations senator.
-Timothy Chase Gildea
Hey everyone! My name is Timothy Chase Gildea and I am a sophomore here at Southern Oregon where I am studying Political Science with a minor in Military Science. It is my mission to become ASSOU's Clubs and Organizations Senator. That being said, I am currently active in two clubs on campus: ROTC, where I exercise my leadership skills as the assistant Training and Event Organizer, as well as the Survival and Preparedness Club which is in the process of being started. Outside of SOU, I am fortunate enough to be part of one of the largest organizations in the world - The United States Army. The experience I hold in leadership is second to none and I wish to use the skills I have developed to make sure that YOUR clubs and organizations are properly represented,and sufficiently funded. If I am elected Senator your club will have a voice, and your club will THRIVE. Let GILDEA lead the way to a year of outstanding service to your clubs and organizations.
Student. Soldier. Senator.
Hello, my name is Alexis Phillips and I'm currently a freshman here at SOU majoring in Elementary Education with a history minor. When it comes to on-campus activities, I have been heavily involved with the Black Student Union(BSU) here at SOU. I am the current Director of Marketing and Publicity for the BSU and have been elected as President of the BSU for the 2016-17 school year. In addition to my role within the BSU, I was an intern with ASSOU during the winter term and learned that I really enjoy working with our student government on campus and feel that being a voice for the clubs and organizations on campus is a position that is very well suited to me as an active member of a club on campus.
Education, Health, and Leadership
Currently we are seeing a campus divided and split. I am a student athlete and captain of the Men's Soccer program. By supporting me as your senate for Education, Health, and Leadership we can bring these programs plus others together. Participating in athletics I promote a healthy life style and can bridge the gap between athletics, student government, and general student body. I'm a junior transfer student and understand the steps taken by the education system to get credits to transfer. If elected I plan on setting up a credit articulation program for adjacent community colleges, including northern California, to reassure transfer students the credits they are taking will follow them. On top of that I strive to stay involved in our community by volunteering my time as a youth soccer coach, writing for an online publisher called the Odyssey, and supporting a nationwide campaign called "It's On Us."
I am Johnnie Workman, currently I am a student athlete at SOU, and play for our Men’s Soccer team. Health and education are subjects I am incredibly passionate about. With this position I hope to make a positive impact on the community and student life around SOU. I have noticed a lot of misconception with health related problems. My hope is to inform our community with the best health information and prevention techniques, so we may take away a healthier more informed lifestyle.
Hi! My name is Lindsay Swanson and I’m a freshman in the Honors College double majoring in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science. I am currently working as a Student Coordinator for the Civic Engagement Program and serve as the Secretary for the Environmental Affairs Committee. I also volunteer for the Ashland Parks District as an instructor in their field trip program. In my free time I do a lot of hiking and whitewater rafting, and am working on a wetlands restoration project down at the SOU Farm!
Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity
Hi! I'm Erica and my pronouns are she/her(s). This is my second year at SOU pursuing a degree in Psychology. I am the current Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity Senator and hope to keep this position next year. I am a staffer at the Women's Resource center and one of my minors is Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, so I'm very invested in this work. I am hoping to continue maintaining an open, approachable relationship between myself and my constituents so their voice is adequately represented.
Humanities and Culture
My name is Lauren Aldana and I am originally from Elk Grove, California and am currently a junior at SOU. I am a part of the first inaugural cohort of the Honors College and will graduate in spring of 2017 with a political science major and a minor in philosophy and a minor in Spanish. In addition, I am on the women's soccer team at SOU. I currently work on campus and I also coach two girls' soccer teams in Ashland, one is U-13 and the other U-16. I am a part of SOU’s athletic leadership group, the Black and Red Crew and also a crew member of SOU Love Your Melon, a college student led organization which raises money and promotes research for pediatric cancer. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Southern Oregon and obtaining a law degree afterwards. I plan to work as a lawyer and then eventually move into teaching Social Studies at the high school level.
-Jawwad Abu Saleh
-Neisha (Eva) Bhagwandin
Hello, I am currently a junior majoring in Pre-Law/Poli-Sci and minoring in Spanish and Criminal Justice and a diversity scholar through the multicultural resource center. I am running for senator of multicultural affairs because I want to make sure that my future constituents have someone who is dedicated and will ensure that their best interests are always represented. I realize the value of ASSOU as an institution and that it needs students who are willing to spend their time and effort to making SOU a better place, and really taking on the position, not just “playing” it. I believe my leadership experience gained working on the student fee committee and as a new student orientation leader at SOU, volunteering within the Rogue Valley, working on student government during high school, working on the elections committee at my previous college will be valuable to the ASSOU senate. I strive to be objective when needed and also incorporate my own personal experiences to help represent my future constituents, working for what they value, making sure they are able to succeed, and always keeping in mind SOU’s mission to be a productive, inclusive, intellectual campus. I also hope to have a future career as a legislator.
Nontraditional, Higher Education Center, and Military Affairs
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)