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Erin Heeter

Erin Heeter

President Pro Tempore
 (304)-640-8074

Major: International Studies

Hometown: Fayetteville, WV

Class: Junior

Twitter: @2seaterheeter_

PLATFORM

Sexual Assault Prevention and Heath Education.  

I would like to reduce the price of STD tests for students at student health. Currently, a test can cost up to $250 if your insurance doesn't cover it. 

I would also like to work with programs already existing on campus to push for more sexual assault education in dorms, Res Ed, and Greek life. 

In collaboration with the RAC on campus, I would like to work on supplying and continuing upkeep on a personal hygiene closet which students in financial need can access.  

In addition, I want to have section of this closet be devoted to tampons and pads for anyone who may need them during the day. 

INVOLVEMENT

  • Model United Nations 
  • Hearts of Gold Service Dog Training Program Handler

FUN FACTS

  1. I have skied since I was 6. 
  2. I love dogs and can't stay away from them for long, hence why I took the Service Dog Training Class. 
  3. I am from West Virginia and love my mountain state. 
  4. I have been to 7 countries. 
  5. I love love love ice cream.
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Tyler Brewster

Senator
 (304)-579-7853

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Inwood, WV

Class: Sophomore

Twitter: @TJBrew22

PLATFORM

I intend to work on making the transition between High School and College easier by encouraging participation in student orgs and getting involved and integrating an academic program called "Renaissance" which recognizes students for good grades and good acts on campus.

INVOLVEMENT

  • SGA Executive Secretary
  • RHA National Conference Chair

FUN FACTS

  1. I've been to Taiwan 4 times.
  2. I've read the Harry Potter series 7 times through.
  3. I am absolutely intrigued by outer space.
  4. I was the student body president at my high school for 2014-2015.
  5. I have an obsession with eating sunflower seeds.
Garrett Burgess

Garrett Burgess

Senator
 (304)-550-7561

Major: Political Science and Russian Language

Hometown: Elkview, WV

Class: Junior

Twitter: @garrettburgess

PLATFORM

As a member of the AFROTC program here at WVU, I would like to see priority registration brought to the West Virginia University campus for veterans, ROTC members, and all forms of military service members in order to schedule their classes around their training sessions and military obligations. I also would like to initiate housing preferences for military members who wish to live with other military servicemen in student housing to accommodate the understanding of unusual hours or general camaraderie. 

Lastly, I would just like to overall promote functions and events on campus pertaining in general to military service and affiliations.

INVOLVEMENT

  • Member of WVU's AFROTC Cadet Corp
  • Model United Nations
  • Russian Club
  • Silver Wings Volunteer Society officer
  • Scabbard and Blade Honorary Society Cadre

FUN FACTS

  1. I studied abroad in Latvia and Lithuania this past summer, in which my host mother has an 18 pound Maine Coon cat.
  2. I will be backpacking a portion of the Appalachian Trail this summer. 
  3. I had to receive medical attention after the swimming portion of my first triathlon after being elbowed in the face. (Still finished though!)
  4. One day, after I retire from military service, I hope to open up a coffee shop in Colorado.
  5. I am extremely ophidiophobic (fear of snakes).
Jihad Dixon

Jihad D. Dixon

Senator
 (304)-444-4507

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Class: Senior

Twitter: @JDixonWVU

PLATFORM

Strengthening the Student Voice
My platform will be on focusing on making WVU Students' voice heard. Students should always feel that they can address concerns, good or bad, to administration. 1) I want to implement a ""round-table"" discussion with vice presidents, deans, directors of different departments/divisions of our university. 2) I want to ensure that the needs of students while here at WVU are met, making student life information more accessible. If we, as students, have the resources and know the resources available to succeed and stay at this university, then most likely we will stay. If we know and have the many resources available then the retention rate of our university will rise and students will not only be engaged socially within our university, but also academically, and eventually systemically.

INVOLVEMENT

  • Current President of the WVU College Chapter of the NAACP
  • Resident Assistant at Dadisman/Stalnaker Hall
  • SGA Executive Director of Residential Affairs
  • Student Diversity Ambassador for the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Peer Empowerment Leader for the WVU Successful MALE Initiative

FUN FACTS

  1. It's become a habit to write in blue pen, only.
  2. When writing my name, I NEVER FORGET MY MIDDLE INITIAL, D.
  3. When listening to TV, the volume level has to be on an even number.
  4. I have a cool, new wallet phone case!
  5. I love my blackness, and yours!
 

Olivia Dudley

Senator 
 (540)-460-9346

Major: Dual Major in Slavic and Eastern European Studies and International Environment

Hometown: Lexington, VA

Class: Senior

Twitter: @olive_doodle

PLATFORM

I am focusing on advising because I believe that most advisors have too many students that they are having to advise. This leads to them not spending enough time with each one and not giving them all the information they need to be successful. I want to create a peer-advising program where juniors and seniors could possibly get a credit through the freshman orientation class to take on some of the responsibilities of the advisor and make sure students are getting into the right classes and learning about all the opportunities there are on campus. 

INVOLVEMENT
Honors College
Sigma Kappa Sorority
Panhellenic Council
Russian Club
Order of Omega
Alpha Lambda Delta 
Model United Nations Club

    FUN FACTS

    1. I speak French, Spanish, Russian and a little Czech.
    2. I spent the last summer in the Czech Republic.
    3. I have minors in Women and Gender Studies and Russian.
    4. My favorite band is The Beatles.
    5. I hate spiders more than anything.

    doug ernest

    Douglas Ernest Jr.

    Athletic Counselor
     

    Major: Business

    Hometown: Parkersburg, WV

    Class: Sophomore

    Twitter: @dernest10

    PLATFORM

    The name of my platform is "Change in Athletic Culture." The first thing I would like to do is create fun, new, and safe post football game traditions. I also would like to start watch parties for away basketball games in the Coliseum so students can go and sit in the stands and watch the game on the big screen. Along with those two issues, I would like to create more promotion and enthusiasm for the other Division 1 teams on campus besides the big two (basketball and football). Lastly, I would like to create different intramural sports leagues for students with physical and/or mental disabilities. Those are the main points I would like to address, but if you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please feel free to contact me!

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Brother in Delta Tau Delta
    • IFC Chair for DTD
    • Mountaineer Maniac

    FUN FACTS

    1. My nickname both currently and growing up is Dougie Fresh.
    2. I was the captain of my high school basketball team.
    3. My graduating class only had seven people in it. 
    4. I am often compared to Ferris Bueller.
    5. I am a proud fan of all things Pittsburgh (except for Pitt).
    Morgan Goff

    Morgan Goff

    Senator
    (304)-479-4196

    Major: Marketing

    Hometown: Weirton, WV

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @morgan_827

    Platform

    Enhancing Freshmen Experiences:

    Since becoming an HONR 199 peer mentor, I have had a chance to see how overwhelming a student's first year can be from an outside perspective. If elected, I would like to work with the administration on expanding freshman orientation along with implementing events throughout the semester to help freshmen transition to WVU easier. 

    Orientation is overwhelming yet so exciting at the same time, but after returning home from orientation, most students can't remember what even happened at orientation. By working with the orientation program, I believe that sending a follow-up email in the days following a student's orientation that includes the information they heard there would be a huge help. Connecting students to other WVU resources port-orientation will also help put their mind at ease before beginning their journey at WVU.

    In addition, I would like to expand the programs freshmen are required to attend for their orientation class. Rather than scheduling these events for the first week of classes, spreading them out throughout the student's first semester would create an easier transition to college. With the current event schedule, students attend numerous events during the first week but are attending no mandatory educational events by the end of the semester. Rearranging the schedule will create a better learning environment and will ease the stress on freshmen during their first weeks at WVU. 

    Involvement

    • Administrative Director to the Vice President of SGA
    • Honors College Peer Mentor
    • Sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma
    • Vice President of Philanthropy on WVU's Panhellenic Council
    • Global Medical and Dental Brigades
    • WVU Student Conduct Board

    Fun Facts

    1. I love to make GoPro videos and to take pictures, especially of Woodburn.
    2. I have a huge obsession with pugs, and other dog breeds with smushed faces.
    3. I'm a first generation college student.
    4. New York is one of my favorite places; I've been there four times within the past year.
    5. Even though I'm a VERY picky eater, food is the way to my heart (especially sweets).
    abundance hunt

    Abundance Hunt

    Athletic Counselor
     

    Major: Exercise Physiology 

    Hometown: Lewisburg WV

    Class: Sophomore

    Twitter: @abundancejoy

    PLATFORM

    Club sport promotion
    As a current freshman on campus I know first hand the disconnect between incoming freshman and the endless opportunities to get involved WVU offers, especially club sports. My goal is to educate our student body (including incoming freshman) on the importance of physical activity, social involvement, and feeling of belonging at WVU.

    New Traditions, Old Camaraderie 
    WVU has a long list of traditions. The most beloved, being the singing of Country Roads after each Mountaineer victory. With there being no university sanctioned post-game event, students are forced to find entertainment of their own. My goal is for every student at WVU to have a fun and safe environment to celebrate our numerous sporting event victories. This would include a cookout type event with free food and music for all students to attend. These gatherings would help bring Mountaineers together and create new traditions of our own.

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Officer for WVU Exercise Physiology Club
    • WVU Woman's Ultimate Frisbee Team
    • Intern for WVU SGA

    FUN FACTS

    1. I am a vegetarian.
    2. I was home schooled until 9th grade.
    3. I am allergic to chocolate.
    4. I have six siblings, I'm the baby.
    5. I have played soccer for twelve years.
    amber kaska

    Amber Kaska

    Senator
     (724)-288-1361

    Major: Economics; Law & Legal Minor

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @amberkaska

    PLATFORM

    I plan to continue my work with academics by increasing awareness of tutoring on campus and making it more accessible. I am going to create the first ever academic banquet for graduating seniors. Lastly, I want to have more events for students on campus through SGA.

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Kappa Kappa Gamma
    • Alpha Lambda Delta
    • Chi Alpha
    • Honors College
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    FUN FACTS

    1. I visited Greece, Italy, and Belgium with my mom this summer.
    2. I am left handed.
    3. I used to competitively roller skate.
    4. I've never owned a pair of uggs.
    5. My favorite animal is an albino Siberian tiger
    Morgan King

    Morgan King

    Senator
    (304)-590-0014

    Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Hometown: Charleston, WV

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @MorganKing513

    Platform

    My platform is residential life improvement. Most students that live in the residence halls are freshmen, so the residential experience plays an important role in student's first impression of the college experience. I would like to set attainable goals of improving services and creating new opportunities targeted at residents. By providing information and resources on topics such as voter's registration and student organizations, I hope to assist in students' transition to the Morgantown community. There often seems to be a clear divide between the Evansdale and Downtown campuses, and I would like to bridge this gap through the expansion of services for residents. Furthermore, it is important to recognize that Resident Assistants are residents as well. I hope to advocate for all residents to improve services, such as laundry costs, through reduced costs for residents and a laundry stipend for RAs. 

    Involvement

    • President of the Residence Hall Association
    • Secretary for Culturas WVU
    • Secretary of the Helvetia Honorary
    • Engineers Without Borders
    • Student Dance Association
    • Helping Hands Service Organization
    • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary

    Fun Facts

    1. I am pursuing three minors: Spanish, International Studies, and Dance.
    2. My favorite type of dance is tap.
    3. I traveled to South Africa this past summer and went on a safari.
    4. I played soccer and tennis at Capital High School. 
    5. I absolutely love the Harry Potter series
    Porter Knollinger

    Porter Knollinger

    Senator
    (304)-551-3961

    Major: Exercise Physiology

    Hometown: Wheeling, WV

    Class: Senior

    Twitter: @PMONEYKNOLLS59

    Platform

    I would like to allocate more financial support towards students who wish to study abroad. WVU is a large melting pot where all can share experiences. To be able to help fund those experiences would be a great victory for the university as a whole. 

    Involvement

    • Brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
    • Co-chair of Global Medical Brigades
    • WVU Exercise Physiology Club
    • BoPark Men's Ice Hockey League

    Fun Facts

    1. My first name is my mother's maiden name. 
    2. I'm a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan. 
    3. Spaghetti is my favorite food. 
    4. I once met Spike Lee in a Miami airport. 
    5. I'm a third generation Mountaineer.
    Joseph McGuire

    Joseph McGuire

    Senator
    (304)-672-0992

    Major: Biology

    Hometown: Philippi, WV

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @josephmcguirewv

    Platform

    I intend on advocating for the expansion of resources available to students through student health, but specifically the Carruth Center. I would also like to assist Student Health in initiating a convenient and affordable travel clinic for students who are studying abroad. 

    Involvement

    • "The Pride of West Virginia" Mountaineer Marching Band
    • Global Medical Brigades
    • Student Government Association
    • Research

    Fun Facts

    1. I lived in Salzburg, Austria for three months in high school
    2. I have five other siblings
    3. I want to attend medical school and become a physician
    4. I've been to almost every state park in West Virginia
    5. I am currently involved in cancer research.
    Haley Quigley

    Haley Quigley

    Senator
     (815)-341-9647

    Major: Criminology

    Hometown: Braidwood, Illinois 

    Class: Senior

    Twitter: @haley_quigley

    PLATFORM

    My platform focuses around academics. My biggest goal is to get all course syllabi posted on each department's website to make it easier for all students to look into a course before signing up for it. I also want to implement a undergraduate research fair so students and professors can show off their research to the whole University. 

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Brother of Phi Sigma Pi Co-Ed Honor Fraternity 
    • Member of the WVU Irish Dance Team 
    • Mountaineer Maniac Executive Board Member

    FUN FACTS

    1. I could live on black licorice jelly beans 
    2. My Youtube search history is full of cat videos 
    3. I've been to Ireland and England three times 
    4. I am awesome at baking and decorating cupcakes 
    5. I love to do anything crafty. In my free time, I am usually working on some idea found on Pinterest!
    Shannon Smith

    Shannon Smith

    Senator
    (412)-860-2674

    Major: Public Relations

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @_shannnsmith

    Platform

    My platform is Mental Health Support and Awareness. I hope to improve the Carruth Center in terms of efficiency, privacy, and affordability. I also hope to make the center and its services more well-known here on campus. 

    Involvement

    • SGA Communications Team
    • Sister of Alpha Phi Sorority
    • Vice President of Marketing of Alpha Phi
    • WVU Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists

    Fun Facts

    1. I am the youngest bone marrow donor at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
    2. I have studied with multiple professional ballet companies.
    3. I have been in two commercials.
    4. I can say my ABC's backwards.
    5. One time, I held a penguin and touched an elephant.
    andrew sutherland

    Andrew Sutherland

    Senator
     (703)-835-5695

    Major: Communication Studies

    Hometown: Alexandria, VA

    Class: Graduate Student (1st Year)

    Twitter: @WVU_Suds

    PLATFORM

    Service, Leadership, and Scholarship

    I plan on organizing service projects that will help benefit the students, the university, the city, and entire state of West Virginia by organizing with the Center for Service and Learning for the 12 Big Days of Service events.  I will be working with Neighborhood Associations and city hall to help foster good fellowship through service and work on developing service at the university as more as a tradition then as something student just have to do, but rather something they want to do.  I will also be working on improving how we work with the Serve and Learn course in classes and introducing a service and/or engagement portion to the first year seminar program.  Eventually, I will be creating a State Service Day for West Virginia and introducing a service initiative to the rest of the Big 12.

    At the same time, I wish to develop two data bases that cover affordability.  The first is a scholarship database that allows students to view and apply for both university and external scholarships.  The second is a database for grants, so students can apply for grants for study abroad, research, and their own events.  Both these databases purposes are to focus on affordability.  The first one is to help with personal affordability to help pay with a students tuition and the second with help with an expansive needs like social events, research, or study abroad.

    I also want to create a Service Scholarship for students who have achieved an impressive amount of service and a service grant for those who are interested in developing a larger service project that will need funding for equipment and other needs and hopefully make it a tradition for the University.  With working with the West Virginia University's Center for Service and Learning, I hope to develop a internship program that focuses on developing service projects and work on developing with me a Crisis Management Committee.  This committee will focus on crisis situations both from our city to across the nation whether that is helping to shovel snow for the elderly in Morgantown to sending care packages to cities that had a disaster that occurred.

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Alpha Phi Omega
    • Students Renters Alliance
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    • Works along side with the Center for Service and Learning
    • Student Government Association Director of Community Service
    • Bureau of Finance
    • Worked with Tent City
    • Active Minds
    • MALE (Men Achieving Leadership & Excellence)
       

    FUN FACTS

    1. I can say my alphabet backwards.
    2. I have over 125 service hours submitted, just from the 2015-2016 school year.
    3. I wrestled for the first 2 years I attended WVU.
    4. I have been a part of SGA for 3 and half years.
    5. I plan on attending WVU for the Communication Studies Theory and Research grad program and doing research in service/engagement, media entertainment, and mental health.
    shani waris

    Shani Waris

    Senator
     (516)-305-7096

    Major: Biomedical Engineering and Economics

    Hometown: Charleston, WV

    Class: Junior

    Twitter: @ShaniAWaris

    PLATFORM

    I am continuing with my current platform of Mountaineers for West Virginia. The idea of the platform is to get our university more involved with the issues we face as a state. Currently, I am working on starting a WVU sponsored health ambassadorship program to combat childhood obesity. I am working with WellWVU and WVU Extension Services on the initiative, with the goal of training high school seniors to be their community's health ambassadors, going to their feeder elementary and middle schools and hosting seminars, workshops, and competitions. The idea is to utilize a peer to peer approach to tackle childhood obesity. Additionally, I would like to work on a "Beautify West Virginia" initiative. The goal of this initiative would be to create a platform in which people could send in pictures of areas of their town that were run down or hadn't been painted in years, and we could work with our art students at the Creative Arts Center to take up a few projects a semester, painting murals and restoring depressed areas with art. 

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Ambassador for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Researcher at the WVU Medical School Department of Orthopedics Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
    • SGA Board of Governors
    • Member of the Muslim Students Association
    • WVU Global and Dental Brigades trip to Nicaragua

    FUN FACTS

    1. I'm fluent in four languages and learning a fifth.
    2. I once did a thirty minute stand up to open for Pakistani singer Bilal Khan
    3. I entered college classified as a junior.
    4. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived there until I was twelve. 
    5. My favorite color is purple and my favorite sport is cricket.
    brandon waters

    Brandon A. R. Waters

    Senator
     (304)-612-5783

    Major: BSBAD, Accounting

    Hometown: Grafton, WV

    Class: Senior

    Twitter: @thirsty4waters

    PLATFORM

    Creating an Accessible and Inclusive WVU!
     

    ACCESSIBILITY

    As the son of a mother who has used a wheelchair since she was seven years old, and as an individual with my own health concerns, I wish to advocate for those with accessibility issues.  I have outlined the following main issues in my agenda regarding accessibility, that I would like to address if elected to the Board of Governors: 

    MEDICAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE & PERSONAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICIES


    Currently, WVU offers no Medical Leave or Personal Leave policies; we only have a Leave of Absence policy, which must be requested in the semester prior to that which you intend to use it.  This means that should you fall ill during the middle of a semester, you have no option but to withdraw from all classes during that semester; this has happened to me previously, and I have spoken with multiple other students who have had the same issue.  Along with these Medical and Personal Leave policies, I would advocate that the University's Registrar's Office create a system to note the difference between withdrawing from classes and taking a Medical or Personal Leave. 

    TRANSPARENT ADA AUDITS


    I believe that in order for WVU to ensure that our students and visitors with disabilities receive no less than what they are legally entitled to under the ADA and ADAAA, and to be as forthcoming and transparent as possible, we must make our self-evaluations and transition plans freely available to the public.  It is unfair and questionable for the University to require consultation through Legal Counsel to view these plans, as WVU possesses a clear benefit by keeping such information undisclosed.   

    ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM & PARKING CONCERNS


    As current WVU ADA audits are not available publicly, and requesting copies of the information contained within can be a lengthy process, many students are unaware as to whether our campus actually has restrooms that meet the guidelines set forth by law.  Students have also voiced concern over the two-hour time limit that has been placed on accessible parking spaces for students; these time constraints do not allow our students with disabilities or other health concerns adequate time to park their vehicles while attending classes.  We need a sufficient number of accessible parking spaces for students that have no associated time constraints, and that are available for no fee. 


    INCLUSIVITY

     

    Since I was about seven years old, there has been no doubt in my mind that I am gay.  Much like sexuality is not an option and is something you are born with, so too is the color of your skin, your nationality, your ethnicity, your gender, and numerous other traits and characteristics.  As current Governor Sean Fitzwater has worked for the rights of minority groups across campus, I wish to continue his legacy, and hope to serve as the only openly gay Governor.  I have outlined the following main issues in my agenda regarding inclusivity, that I would like to address if elected to the Board of Governors: 

    SAFE ZONE & SAFETALK TRAININGS


    As a member of the LGBT+ community, and as an individual who suffers from clinical depression, anxiety, and has had suicidal thoughts previously, it is imperative that we continue the biweekly Safe Zone trainings that Governor Sean Fitzwater and Professor Daniel Brewster have established, as well as the safeTALK trainings that allow our students, faculty, and staff to gain experience in suicide prevention. 

    INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS INITIATIVES

     
    As a University comprised of students of numerous and varying backgrounds, it is important that we do as much as possible to make our international and multicultural students feel as included as possible, whether this range from changing our hiring practices to employ more faculty with diverse backgrounds to ensuring that appropriate funding is allocated toward programs and clubs directed at these students.  

    WVU TOWN HALL


    It is important that all members of our University feel included, know that their voices make an impact on our campus and community, and are able to hold the University accountable for its actions.  I would propose, alongside Jihad D. Dixon, that the University hold a monthly town hall style meeting in which our campus students, faculty, and staff are able to communicate both their satisfaction and concerns with our WVU Vice Presidents and the offices that are responsible for accessibility and inclusivity, such as the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 
     

    INVOLVEMENT

    I currently serve as Secretary of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, after being elected by my fellow Brothers! I was also honored to serve as my Pledge Class President during the Spring 2015 semester! As a fraternity, we seek to improve the lives of not only our Brothers, but the community as a whole, through our tripod of Leadership, Scholarship, and Fellowship!

    This year, I have had the privilege to intern for Vice Chair Jules Merow, working toward improving dining services across campus, as well as providing meals to the homeless and underprivileged through the Share-A-Swipe program; I have also worked with Governor Amber Kaska to further this program!

    Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director of Community Service, and I participated in multiple community service projects to give back to both our Mountaineer and Morgantown communities, including Good Neighbor Day and Toy Mountain!

    I was also asked by current Student Government Association President George Capel to help with Student Government Bylaw revisions this year, alongside Charlie Hageboeck, Executive Assistant to the President, which were very successful!  

    FUN FACTS

    1. I am an ordained minister through The Universal Life Church! 
    2. I can say my ABC’s faster backwards than I can forwards! 
    3. I have been to 10 foreign countries and absolutely love to travel! 
    4. I am an Accounting major with a minor in Law & Legal Studies, however ultimately hope to attend medical school to become an Emergency Medicine Physician or Trauma Surgeon! 
    5. I simultaneously attended technical school for Pharmacy Technician preparation while in high school!