Vishwa Patel – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
After Dark Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been interning at a pharmaceutical company this summer and its been a very interesting experience. I never knew anything about pharmaceuticals before this summer and its been fun to learn. I’m also doing research doing research at Hennepin County Medical Center about brain trauma, which is something I hope to continue doing as this year progresses.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’m just excited to see all the cool new events that ADC will host this upcoming year. I love how we try to different and unique as possible with our events. I hope that ADC as a branch can become stronger and more consistent with their programming. We want to broaden our horizons of our events and make sure we program events that all Oles can attend. We have a great committee this year who are very enthusiastic about programming and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Being able to see most of my friends who I would normally see on a regular bases on campus. It’s hard knowing that some of them will be going abroad this fall so I won’t get a chance to see them until next spring. But I’m excited to get back on campus and get all this started again. I have also missed getting a cookies and cream ice cream shake with cold press in it!

Eden Fauré – Summer Update

SGA Exec position
Political Awareness Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer, I had the opportunity to do a number of exciting things in Northfield. I interned for a law firm in town, and got to see the work it takes to be a successful attorney. The law impacts so many different people and parts of life, and I loved getting to see it in action! Additionally, I volunteered at Northfield WORKS, a part of the Community Action Center. We focused on a number of projects to help low income people in Northfield find employment opportunities, increase digital literacy, achieve greater stability, and ultimately reduce poverty in Northfield. I also got to house sit puppies which is pretty much my #1 dream, so I’d say it was a successful summer!

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
PAC is one of the most educational and wonderful activities I have been fortunate enough to be a part of as an Ole. PAC is all about inspiring others to participate in and feel excited about politics, which is especially crucial in an election year! This year, I hope that PAC will help empower students to become more involved in politics (VOTE!), challenge students’ personal views, bring people together to discuss important topics, and enable action that will create tangible change on campus.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
The musty smell of Ytterboe and the smiling faces of my friends!

Julia Bassett – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Pause Co-Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been all over the place this summer! I took a trip out west with my dad as soon as school ended last spring (think Badlands, Black Hills, Yellowstone, Grand Teton), spent a lot of time with people nowhere near my own age (the ages of my summer “friends” range from two months old to eight years old), and spent quality time with my family and dog. I also went skydiving because it seemed like it would be an exhilarating experience (it was).

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’m excited to work alongside the Pause executives and the student workers to make the Pause as inviting and fun – yet safe and efficient – as it can be. I would like to see the Pause become a space that draws all different kinds of people, including those who wouldn’t normally spend time there. I would also like to examine the ways in which we can make better use of the Pause spaces, provide more financial transparency for students so they know where their money is going, and keep the Pause safe for everyone to enjoy.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
The thing I’ve missed the most while being off the hill would be all of my fellow Oles! I love having my friends from all over the country (and some from outside of the United States) in one place at the same time.

Evan Lebo – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Financial Officer

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer, I interned at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka as a mergers and acquisitions analyst intern with the corporate development team. In my time outside of work, I had a lot of fun running, golfing, and spending time at my family’s cabin.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
In my role as financial officer, I am excited to help make sure that SGA utilizes its budget to the fullest to accomplish our established priorities. I also hope to serve as a resource and point of contact for all of our student organizations.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Having spent this past interim and spring semester studying abroad in Denmark, what I have missed the most about Olaf is the people. I am really looking forward to catching up with everyone again and making the most of my last year.

Marni Kaldjian – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Music Entertainment Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been in Northfield slinging bagels, making art, and playing nerdy board games.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’d like this to be a year of experimentation for our committee. In fact, I’m not only excited for the successes, but ready for the failures that will give us something to laugh at and learn from. I’m beyond excited to experiment with bringing a diverse range of musicians, genres, venues, formats and more to campus, and I hope we’ll get continued feedback from students on whether or not we’re succeeding at this goal.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Daily crossword puzzles.

Emma Lind – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
President

What have you been doing over the summer?
I have been interning at the Department of Justice this summer in Washington DC. I was able to get a sneak peek into the legal profession and interact with many types of lawyers. Living in DC meant that I also had the opportunity to try a lot of yummy food (shoutout to Founding Farmers) and meet tons of neat people! Word to the wise- if you are a cat person, there’s a cat cafe with foster cats in Georgetown!

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’m really looking forward to working with this awesome team to create a memorable year for Oles. From addressing campus issues to planning the Fall and Spring Block Parties, I believe SGA can make a meaningful impact on student life at Olaf. I can’t wait to see where this year takes us!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
PAUSE PIZZA. Anybody who knows me knows that my love for Pause Pizza is second to none. You might see me chowing down on a pineapple pepperoni pizza in my pizza costume or my pizza bucket hat (or both!).

Abbie Haug – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Executive Assistant

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been spending my summer on the hill working in the admissions office! Although campus feels pretty bare in the summer, it has been great showing prospective students around campus and meeting with class of 2020 students (although walking by the Pause everyday while going on 3 months without Pause Cookies has been pretty tough). This summer I’ve also been working with the Big Discovery Project interviewing alumni around the twin cities. This means I get paid to do my two favorite things, drink coffee and meet with other Oles!

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I loved being a part of SGA last year and am excited to continue being a part of SGA as executive assistant this year, where I will get to work closely with the exec team and all of SGA to help make sure everything runs smoothly, so all of our awesome events and important conversations can continue to run without a hitch. In my role, I want to help make SGA a place where everyone feels at home and can find awesome friends fast, that means helping first-years and new members navigate the crazy big group we are, by building connections and organizing information as soon as the school year gets started. My goal is that everyone feels welcome and invited to join this fun group I’ve come to love!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Since I have been on the hill this summer I’ve gotten my fill of sunsets in the natural lands, St. Olaf cookies, and Reference Room time but it’s been weird not doing it with everyone else. I am getting more and more excited for everyone to be back for caf family dinners, chats on Old Main hill, and yes I’m even excited for classes to get started again!

Elijah Verdoorn – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Webmaster

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer I’ve enjoying working as a Software Development Intern at Proto Labs, a digital manufacturing company that making Molded, Machined, and 3D-Printed parts. Every day I get to work with really smart people to solve problems and help improve business efficiency; it’s a very satisfying job! When not at Proto Labs, I’ve enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and my two dogs.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am super excited to work to increase student engagement with SGA, no matter what their interests are. I know that there’s something for every student in SGA, and I am so glad that I get to help connect them with this great organization. I also get to work with amazing teams of people! I’m especially looking forward to helping guide the Oleville Development Team as we work to improve our processes, and explore new ways to connect with campus life.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Late night pizzas

Charlie Bahnson – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Student Organizations Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I work just about every day all summer long. During most of the work week, I am an Operations & Investments Associate for Guardian Wealth Strategies, a wealth management firm in Minneapolis. When I’m not in the office, I spend my time at the St. Louis Park Aquatic Center, where I am a Lead Lifeguard. Other than that, I spend the rest of my time enjoying the lakes and spending time with family and friends.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I can’t wait to pick up where we left off last Spring. Towards the end of the year, SOC took a major step in being transparent by making our funding decisions with Org Leaders present in the room. This upcoming year, I hope to continue this theme by publishing our funding decisions and budget on Oleville. We also will help implement the new Check I’m Here software, which will give Orgs tons of tools to better manage their day to day operations.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Chicken Tender Melts & Pause Pizza.

Suzanne Hanle – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Volunteer Network Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer, I interned at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, MN and watched all five seasons of Girls on HBO-Go (which I highly recommend). I also half-heartedly trained for a mini-marathon and literally suffered the consequences for 13.1 long miles (which I highly do not recommend).

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am excited to expand the boundaries of volunteerism at St. Olaf! I hope that this upcoming year is an opportunity for Oles across the board to take action on our campus and within our community. There is something for everyone be it a one-day project or a year-long commitment!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Long dinners in Stav fueled by good conversation, great friends, and a very strong will to procrastinate.