SGA Senate candidates for fall 2011
Seven students have submitted their names for candidacy in the SGA Senate elections Oct. 3-4. An attempt was made to contact each of the candidates, and those who responded are listed below, along with information about them and their candidacy. Saad Azam and Eduardo Resendiz-Hernandez were unavailable for interviews. Craig Hartaway was unavailable for a photo.
Nora Bouzihay is an 18-year-old freshman from Jonesboro, Ark. She is a Donaghey Scholar, an Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ARK-LSAMP / STEM) Scholar, and an University Science Scholar. She majors in biology (pre-medicine) and minors in French.
A graduate of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), Bouzihay is a multi-lingual Moroccan-American who has several years experience serving both as a student council representative and as a officer in numerous student organizations. She has also volunteered at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Bouzihay said she chose to attend UALR because of the many opportunities offered in the field of science, including having already completed her high school research project on campus. She said UALR is a very diverse and close-knit campus where she feels her voice can be heard through her involvement as a SGA member.
Her goal, if elected, is to use her position to improve access to student financial assistance and to address issues at the dormitory, including the loading/unloading zones.
Her favorite quote is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
College of Business candidate
LaShun Burton, 22, is a senior whose hometown is Crossett, Ark. She is a Friday Sturgis Leadership Scholar (Friday Fellow) majoring in marketing, and minoring in digital graphics, who volunteers at Franklin Elementary School.
In addition to serving as the treasurer of the Student Marketing Association, Burton is currently a SGA Member-at-Large on the Undergraduate Council Committee and the Sodexo Committee.
Financial literacy and independence among the student population is one of Burton’s primary concerns that she intends to address if elected. She said she hopes to leave a positive impact on future UALR students.
The last book that Burton read was “The Art of Seduction,” by Robert Greene.
Craig Hartaway, senior professional and technical writing major, is a Donaghey Scholar, a McNair Scholar and a Friday Fellow who graduated from North Little Rock High School. He is the president of UALR ROCKS (Reclaiming Our Communities by Kindness and Service) and a Brothers’ Keepers advisory board member, which is a project of the African American Male Initiative (AAMI).
Craig envisions himself utilizing his SGA position, if elected, as “a vehicle to implement strategies to create a stronger sense of community from the incoming freshman to alumni to administration.” He said that he is also interested in correcting some mistakes that he believes SGA has made in the past, while ensuring that SGA truly becomes the student body asset that it is intended to be.
Christi Kim is a 19-year-old freshman from North Little Rock, Ark., majoring in biology (pre-medicine) and minoring in both chemistry and Spanish. Her experience in student government stems from serving as the secretary of both her high school SGA and National Honor Society.
The most important goal that she plans to pursue, if elected, is to lead the SGA in conducting a thorough examination of campus conditions and resource availability that impact student participation in campus life. She is also interested in SGA actively promoting a healthier student body environment.
Her favorite quote is: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth,” by William W. Purkey.
Carlos Sepulveda is a 19-year-old sophomore Donaghey Scholar from Cabot High School where he served as student-body president. He is a international business major, originally from Santiago, Chile.
Sepulveda said he hopes, if elected, to use his SGA position to address the lack of involvement that he feels plagues the UALR student body.
His favorite quote is: “Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies,” by Robert F. Kennedy.