Please review the platform of each nominee below and cast your vote through the link sent to your student email account. Voting will take place from March 12, 2018 - March 18, 2018.
Matthew Zayas, M.S. Creative Studies (May 2019)
The state of New York is facing many unique challenges, as well as unprecedented change. From Federal tax revisions to local investments from the State, it's the students who must lead the charge in New York. The President of the SUNY Buffalo State GSA has an important job ahead. This leader must invigorate fellow graduates with determination and fuel newcomers to higher-ed with a sense of yearning and longing for knowledge. We need to lead young generations of learners like never before. How will we utilize the technological resources and relationships held by the University and esteemed faculty along with our new, digital 6th sense to engage students, local government, and community as our region undergoes a massive wave of revitalization? How will our students lend their arms to communities rebuilding the old and welcoming the new? How will we hold local government and community leaders accountable and work hand in hand to ensure best outcomes? How will we support not only undergraduates, but curious high-school minds? We must be role models for the patient, hopeful, future students of our state's public universities. I believe I am the candidate who can start this work now.
Aaron Nadrowski, M.S.Ed. Career & Technical Education (May 2019)
I have held the position of president in special interest education areas in the past. During under graduate studies I was President of Alpha Beta Gamma International Honor Society for Business Students. I understand the difficulties there are for incoming executive boards having a short time to make an impact. After serving as a student senator I have an understanding the direction that the association is heading and would like to see the path followed. I would work diligently to gain more recognition and participation with students. Being a non-traditional student (meaning I am old) there opportunity for me to help bring more attention among the night time students who are not fully aware of what GSA offers.
Ray Wagner, M.P.A Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (May 2020)
As President of the Graduate Student Association, I plan to advocate on behalf of the graduate student body on current issues facing Buffalo State. I have been affiliated with the college since 2008. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration while working as a Student Assistant and have since become the Manager of the Parking Services office. I am currently a graduate student pursuing my Master of Public Administration. If elected President, I will work to represent the graduate student body to build upon the awareness of the GSA. I benefit from interacting with several faculty and staff on campus due to my position which I believe will assist in streamlining our goals. I will strive to increase graduate student engagement in campus organizations and activities. In the spirit of shared governance, I will try to increase graduate student participation in committees. I will seek to enhance the relationship with the Dean of the Graduate School and the college administration. Since I work on campus, I will be available every weekday to discuss how we can improve the graduate experience while attending Buffalo State.
Michael Rickard, M.A. English (May 2019)
I have good organizational skills and am familiar with student needs. I worked in the non-profit sector for 15 years before attending Buffalo State College and believe this experience is applicable to any role in student government.
Marilyn Wang, M.S.Ed. Childhood & Early Childhood Curriculum & Instruction (May 2019)
I was apart of the executive board during my undergraduate career in the Student Council for Exceptional Children. I have served as a secretary, president, and treasurer. As a treasurer of the organization, I managed the budget, communicated with the undergraduate student government, and coordinated the finances of daily events.
Emikhe Tisor, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration (May 2019)
I am the best candidate for this position because I know how to balance money. I will make sure that all of the funds are used appropriately for the Graduate Students at Buffalo State College. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and that background has really helped me due to the accounting and finance classes that I have taken. I hope to be considered for this position because I love numbers and I also would like to be more involved within the Graduate community. This position will offer me an opportunity to step up and use my abilities to my greatest power.
Elaine Flowers, M.S. Higher Education & Student Affairs, May 2019
I am interested in the role as Vice President for Administration because I believe that my skills and knowledge gained from my past experiences has shape me into being the perfect candidate. During my undergraduate academic career at SUNY Oswego, I served 2 years and one semester as an At-large senator. Being apart of this organization and taking on this role allowed me to see and understand the importance of the students voice. This role exposed me to several clubs and organizations that I later got involved in and became an executive board member. Some of past positions that can help be successful in this role is being the Administrative Assistant to Campus Life. In this role I managed all documents and organized weekly and one-on-one meetings with student leaders. I also managed the email and social media accounts. I was also the President of the Black Student Union. As the President of this organization I supervised 8 executive board members and ensured that each role was successfully executed. As the VP of Administration, I can bring experiences to the table that other students may be able to identify with. I know that I can be a great representation for the student body.
Faculty Student Association
Emikhe Tisor - I am the best candidate for these committees because I want to become involved on campus. I find that being involved in a committee can change your experience and I want to gain this experience to further my career in Higher Education.
Elaine Flowers - As an At-large senator at SUNY Oswego, one of the committees that I sat on was Faculty Assembly. Faculty Student Association is something that I'm interested in because, similar to faculty assembly, I would be engaging with faculty and taking into consideration the different ways on how the interactions with students could improve. As a Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration major, being apart of the College Council is something that I'm very interested in. This position aligns directly with my professional and future goals. From this major, I hope to become the President of a Higher Education institution (in the long run). Being a part of the council that is responsible for the operations and affairs of Buffalo State would give me the knowledge that I need. In addition, I would be able to share my experiences.
Grant Allocation Committee
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