Lily Nelson

she/her/her
2020

Explain why you are interested in this position:
I am interested in the SAC Coordinator position because SAC has become an incredibly important and formative experience in my college career. I find so much excitement in the idea of executing an event from start to finish and providing something enjoyable and memorable for students to participate in. I want to continue to have SAC be instrumental in first year retention rates and add to the overall joy on campus through creativity, organization and dedication to the students. I mean, who doesn’t love a killer homecoming?!

What qualifications do you bring to this position?
I have been an active member of the Student Activities Committee for the last two years. As a member of the Off Campus Sub Committee, I have organized and lead many events in the greater Twin Cities area and coordinated with outside business to execute creative, popular and cost effective events, for the St. Olaf student body. In addition, I have had the opportunity to be the chair of Senior Days, one of the largest events that SAC organizes. During the 2018 spring semester, I spend many hours every day brainstorming, organizing and executing event ideas for the three days of event filled fun! Also, I am currently a co-chair of the President’s Ball committee. For the next two months, this committee will be working closely with other organizations within and outside of St.Olaf to ensure a smooth and well run event. I believe the time and commitment I have put into SAC the past two years has given me enough qualifications to effectively coordinate the Student Activities Committee.

Carrie Sayre

she/her/hers
2020

Explain why you are interested in this position:

Since the spring of my freshman year I have been a part of the Student Activities Committee. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in SAC as I have been able to bring to life many events that would have been impossible to put on without the help of the committee. Some of these events include dog sledding in the natural lands, garden parties, mug decorating, glow in the dark volleyball, Harry Potter night, and multiple comedians. 

Now as I approach senior year, I have big ideas for where I would like to see SAC go. I would love to see us bring more traditions to campus and host more fun, large scale events. I hope to reach the broader interests of students by hosting events that cater to all. I will do this by reaching out to more students and gaining their perspective on events that we should create. I would love to increase the diversity in the type of programming that SAC coordinates.

I am passionate about Student Activities Committee because of the work that we do. Events are one way in which Oles can meet new friends, do things that may push us out of our comfort zone, and come together as a community. As SAC Coordinator, I would help my team create events that bring Oles together.

What qualifications do you bring to this position?

I feel as though I have the necessary skills to help lead and support a team. At St. Olaf I have held a number of leadership positions where I have personally grown as a leader. As APO President, I have led a team of 10 executives and over 130 members. Through this position, I have learned how to lead through others. I have learned how to coach and mentor others on the team so we can be as effective as possible and problem solve when issues arise. Together, my team has fundraised over $13,000 and seen a 60% increase in membership and increased the participation in our fellowship and service events. As Senior Days Chair, I have experience putting together a team, creating huge events, and managing a budget. 

During my time at St. Olaf, I have had significant programming experience. I have served on SAC for the past 2.5 years, so I have had exposure to all that creating and coordinating events entail. This past year, I served as President of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) where we have put on over 140 events. I am also the chair of Senior Days where we will put on 20 large scale events in 4 days. 

I am creative and love to think outside the box. I hope to bring events that we did not think would be possible to host at St. Olaf. I love hosting large scale events that are unique and have not been done before. I would love the opportunity to bring this creativity, leadership, and teamwork to SAC.