Communication Officer

Jennifer Camacho
She/Her/Hers
Political Science

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in being more involved with leadership opportunities and being able to build experience on representing the interests of the people.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
While I look annoyed or bored, I am always willing to talk or help anyone! I am passionate about being the voice for everyone and improving their lives.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would post information on the board by the front desk, Leave a note on their doors, or just hang out in the lobby or lounge and talk to the residents to update them!

Jarrett Krouss
He/Him/His
Political Science, Economics

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want to play a role in making sure there is transparency between the students and the people making decisions for them, and that the students have a way to make sure their voice is heard.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am dedicated to leadership positions and work hard to fulfill my role, whether that is as a captain of my high school Model UN team or as SPL of my Boy Scout troop.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
Posting bulletins about decisions or social media posts stating updates, and a monthly newsletter about overall decisions and changes made in the past month.

Evelyn Kilty
she/her/hers
Undeclared officially, but probably English and Pol’t Sci or English and History
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in being Hall Communication Officer for Hoyme Hall because I think that open communication is a fundamental aspect of really any relationship, but particularly between organizations and the student body. I believe that making sure information is conveyed clearly and accurately are first and foremost, the most important aspects of communication. After that, being able to provide a platform or information where students can voice their questions or concerns about the information you have provided, is another significant step. Finally, being able to hear and understand what students are saying and bring those ideas to the organization (in this case, hall council) in order to take action or provide clarifying information. I also think that this communication between organizations and the student body can be improved in some ways. For example, email is a way that many, if not all student organizations, professors, and sports teams use communicate with students, leaving many with tons of emails a day which can be tedious to go through. I think there are more creative ways that organizations can communicate with the student body like through posters around in the halls, for example. For Hall Council, I believe that it is crucial that there is someone who is a representative to not only communicate from the students to the Hall Council, but also from the students to the hall council (to a lesser degree, but still true) which is the main reason I am interested in this position. I am also interested in this position because I think it is important to analyze student reaction to an event and understand what exactly was going well and what may be falling to the wayside. Ultimately, my goal would be to improve communications between the hall council and student body in both directions a better, more well-informed, and engaged campus.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am an pretty organized person and enjoy writing which could be useful with marketing and writing reports and the like. I also consider myself a friendly and approachable person who is easy to talk to. I am also a great listener who seeks to understand the whole picture before offering my opinion on an issue. I am also very understanding and emphatic with people.
How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would not only have marketing around the hall itself, but I would also slip small reminders or information about when certain events are just to make the whole process more clear and direct. I also think it would be very useful to conduct short surveys about communication throughout the hall and ask questions surrounding the topics of what is working, what is not working, and what can be improved. In my opinion, it is also important to be conscious of how much time you are taking up in student’s lives and to not take up a lot of that time because we are all very busy, but also being able to let the communication that needs to happen, happen.

Khue Than
She/Her/Hers
Economics and Psychology
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Although I am a freshman and I have just been in St.Olaf College for 3 weeks, I really like everything about Hoyme, from the people to the facilities here, from the convenience Hoyme gives to each room to the events that Hoyme holds. Therefore, I want to be a part of running and bringing Hoyme closer to everybody, not just the resident themselves but every Ole, to know and love Hoyme as I do.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

Hi, my name is Khue Than, but you can call me Lunar. I am a positive and sensible freshman in Hoyme who is ready to step out of my comfort zone and step in the energetic and diverse environment of St.Olaf College.

About my experience, I have three-year experience in marketing and public relations at my high school. I worked as a content writer and Facebook manager to popularize my projects and events to the community.
How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?

First of all, I will send them emails to inform them about the hall’s events. The emails have to be well-designed and well-written so that everybody could easily remember the details. I will include a link to their Google Calendar so that they can set the events in their calendar and get reminder. And I will resend emails 3 hours before the events happen.

Secondly, I will print out posters to put in front of each room’s door so that they can pin it on their tables. I will also pin them on the Hoyme’s board. At the end of the year, I will have a poster collection day and give rewards to those who keep all the posters of Hoyme.

Last but not least, I will try to improve the initiatives and programming. People will join the events if they like or if the events are fun. So by giving out surveys, I can know the residents’ opinions to make the events better.

President

Grace Klinefelter
She/Her/Hers
Spanish, Political Science

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want to get involved in my new St. Olaf community, and help to make the campus a better place to live in my own small way. I believe that Student Government in general and Hall Councils in particular are an asset to the St. Olaf students, and I hope that my leadership would help ensure that the programs have a strong, positive influence on the Ole community.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I’m a poli-sci and Spanish double major, possibly with a concentration in International Relations. I’ve held leadership positions before, and feel comfortable making decisions and working with a community to decide what works best for everybody. One of my goals in applying for this position is to ensure that Hoyme — and hopefully St. Olaf as a whole — continues to work to be an inclusive place for all students. I think of myself as approachable, and my door is almost always open to anyone who wants to talk, eat cookies, complain, cry, or anything in between. I bake cookies sometimes. I plan to be involved in a few political and activist groups on campus (my inner poli-sci nerd coming out) but I also love plants, Harry Potter, tea, and random history facts.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
My main goal in running for Hall President is to ensure that the residents of Hoyme have a say in the programs and features of their own dorm. To that end, I would like to work closely with our Hall Inclusivity Advocate to develop a system for students to safely report concerns or suggestions directly to the SGA and Res Life staff at Hoyme, and then implement suggestions as much as is logistically possible. I’ve also began thinking about using Hoyme’s pianos to stage small, low-key performances as a way for music students (or anyone, really) to get some practice performing in front of an audience, without the pressure of having professors or coaches around. Depending on costs and interest, we could set up a Hoyme Little Free Library, much like the one outside President Anderson’s house. I have also heard mutterings about an overgrown garden site not far from Hoyme, and know a thing or two about gardening — a voluntary gardening day once the weather warms up could be a fun way to relax before spring finals. Of course, anything involving free food and loosely organized sports games are a must.

Chloe Cochener
She/ Her/ Hers
Biology
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I would like to represent each individual in our dorm, not just my fourth floor Hoymies! I am a very approachable person and would like everyone in our dorm to feel as though there is always someone here to talk to. I really want to make Hoyme homier and a fun place to live, study, relax and just hang out!
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
In high school I was treasurer of my student body government as well as a grade representative for two years. I enjoy being a leader and listener to my peers which I believe is important for this position. Everyone should know that I work hard, but I’m also here to have a good time and just hang out. I hope you will consider voting for me as I am always here to be an advocate for anyone and everyone!
What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
Composting, an ice maker, floor vs. floor competitions, Hoyme quote of the day instagram

Senator

Logan Graham
He/Him/His
Economics and Political Science

What do you know about the Student Senate?
The St Olaf Student Senate is the main governing body of the SGA, which makes many decisions about how to utilize the SGA budget, what programs to put on, and helps to set student life and academic policy. There are Senators from all sorts of different backgrounds and elected from different constituencies. For example, I am running to be the Hoyme Senator, as all dorms have a senator. There are senators who are elected to represent the international student population, or are elected to be the liaison for certain branches of the SGA, such as the PAC, and more.

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in the position for two main reasons.

First, I would like to have the opportunity to make Hoyme hall a better place to live. Just the opportunity to really get involved in the St Olaf community is exciting to me, and the ability to use this position to work on community issues would be a wonderful privilege. Governance and civic engagement is my passion, and I want to be able to be involved in governing this campus, our home. As the senator from Hoyme Hall, I would have the opportunity to work on Hoyme-specific issues, such as the fact that the first floor only has one washer and one drier. The reason I am running for Senator specifically over any other spot on the hall council, is that I would be able to represent the students of Hoyme in the Senate at large. There are very few opportunities for Freshmen to get on the SGA Senate, since most positions are elected the year prior. I, however, think the freshman perspective is absolutely vital on campus. I want to represent Hoyme, and I want to represent freshmen in the governance of this college.

The second reason, is that I want to meet people! Like most freshman, college is sort of intimidating, and there is a lot of pressure to meet people and find friends. I think this is an opportunity for me to do that! Not only will I get to interact with the other senators if I am elected, but I want to have the chance to engage in dialogue with all of the Hoyme residents! College is exciting, but it is also demanding. Most people are too busy to spend hours in a senate meeting to get a small but important change passed through. I want to be the one who spends the time to get those things done! Just because people aren’t willing to spend hours and hours a week on this stuff doesn’t mean that they don’t have great ideas! I want to be the guy you go to to get something done. I want to be the one people can come to, express issues and ideas to, and then represent that perspective in the senate. I want to develop these relationships, and I want to use them, to, of course, make friends, but more importantly to better the community of St Olaf. 
This is all to communicate one specific skill: I listen to people and get things done. In one short year, I managed to reform a 70-year old nonprofit institution. I have an incredible desire to put in the work and change my community for the better, and I am willing to fight for the freshman experience and perspective at St Olaf.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I have lots of experience in student government. In Illinois (and Minnesota, as well) there is a program called Youth and Government. In that program, we spent a year preparing for a weekend where we bussed over a thousand high schoolers from the entire state of Illinois to the state capitol in order to run a mock state government, full of Bills, newspapers, elections, and drama. I was elected to serve as the Youth Governor of the state of Illinois, and I was then later brought back to make changes to the program. In my tenure as governor, I did the following:

Served as governor, passing bills and brokering deals.
Expanded the program to over ten new high schools and YMCAs.
Raised over $50,000 for the program in fundraisers I ran.
Created a student-run council to create changes to the program, leading to an entirely new level of student government and ownership.
I wrote grant proposals for the organization, and it looks promising.
I have worked on a partnership with My American Voice to expand the program into middle schools.
I stopped the program board from censoring student voices without their knowledge.
I fully automated the 1400-person registration process.
I am in a committee reviewing and changing the bylaws of the organization.

This is all to communicate one specific skill: I listen to people and get things done. In one short year, I managed to reform a 70-year old nonprofit institution. I have an incredible desire to put in the work and change my community for the better, and I am willing to fight for the freshman experience and perspective at St Olaf.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
People need to actually feel that the senate represents them. The senate, last year, did a study on people’s engagement with it and it was pretty rough, to say the least. Even senate initiatives that exist for the purpose of promoting awareness, such as the It’s On Us and Greater Than campaigns aren’t things that everybody knows about. If the senate can actually be seen as a place to get things done and impact the community, rather than a place to pad student’s grad school applications, then people will go to their senators and propose ways to help the community. Accomplishing that will take serious work, but I know that the senate can pull it off.

Ava Winstin
She/her/hers
IND: Holistic Medicine and Spanish

What do you know about the Student Senate?
I know about the Student Senate from reading about the position online and throughout the dorm.

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position to make Hoyme more of a community. I would also like to contribute to events in order to meet new people and have fun with everyone.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I am very creative, organized, and I manage time well. I would bring new ideas and another positive perspective to Hall Council. I am interested in photography, figure skating, and other arts.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I would like to see the hall decorated for holidays.

Treasurer

NHU BA NGUYEN
She/Her/Hers
Economics

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in the Hall Treasurer position because of two reasons. Firstly, I will major in Finance so I think this is a great opportunity for me to first discover this field. Besides that, I would love to work as a Hall Treasurer because it is extremely new to me. I look forward to something new and challenging for me.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
In the last two years, I worked and participated for three positions. Firstly, I was a coaching assistant for my high school cheerleading team, where I built up nutrition plan and practicing workouts for my members. Secondly, I worked as a teaching assistant for a local English center, at which I tutored and organized games for my kid students. Finally, I have run an online shop, which sells nail art items, with my older sister for a year.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
time-management, money-management, exacting and some math skills

Sophia Sawoski
She/Her/Hers
Intended Music Major in Vocal Performance

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in being the hall treasurer because I would like to be more involved in my St. Olaf residence community. I would like to contribute to the community in a tangible way.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have experience in organizing financial materials. I worked in an office this summer at a home nursing company, where I managed their expense reports and monthly statements and filed documents.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I have good organizational skills and have experience filing documents. I can keep commitments, a statement which is supported by my 10 years of commitment to the choir I sang in before college. I am also able to meet deadlines, which is supported by the fact that in my senior year of high school I balanced a large course load including 3 AP classes with regular choir rehearsals, rehearsals for my school musical, and voice lessons and still submitted my assignments on time. Because of my organizational skills, ability to keep commitments, and skill at managing deadlines, I believe I would be a good fit to manage hall finances.

Inclusivity Advocate

Ahsan Panjwani
He/Him/His
Economics and Philosophy

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Being an international student at the college, I was overwhelmed by how this country and its people welcomed me in the first few weeks and I believe that now it is my time to create a welcoming environment for my fellows who supported in my starting-hard days.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I completed my high school in Armenia with students from 100 different countries. For most of the students, its the first time they are living away from home but I went to a boarding high school in a country which Pakistan doesn’t even recognize and going home was a big problem. I found a home away from home at my high school and I want others to feel the same at St Olaf College.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I plan on starting a peer listening program in my dorm where the students who are not comfortable with sharing their issues in a larger group can approach me and their programs will be addressed. I personally am a strong believer of learning from different cultures and I would try my level best to work with the hall council to start an event where everyone comes up and shares an interesting fact/thing about their culture. This will help others understand where their fellows come from and what their boundaries are so that we all respect each and try not to even unintentionally hurt the other person’s feelings. Adding to this, I will set my calendar in a way which gives me a 2 hour time every week to devote to the residence where I will be listening to issues of my fellows regarding an inclusive community and ask them that according to them what should be the best solution to that problem as sometimes we are ones who have the best solutions to our problems. Furthermore, I will be open to ideas from my fellows towards any inclusivity related event or idea which can help the community as a whole.