2019 SGA election winners

President and Vice-President

JP Jarecki and Safinaz Elhadary

John "JP" Jarecki and Safinaz Elhadary are working towards "A Brighter Future for Behrend"

Experience and Energy- Determination and Fresh Ideas. That's what the student body can gain from a Jarecki-Elhadary ticket. This year, John served as President and Safinaz served as Chief of Staff of the SGA, and have developed a great working relationship that will help move the SGA forward. If elected, John and Safinaz will continue to fight for commuters and residents alike, lower meal prices, and develop a plan with student leaders for food options in the science complex. They will also make sure that the SGA stays transparent, and open to students at all times. To do this, they will make sure that the SGA budget allocation process is simple and easy to understand for all students. Finally, they will fight to represent international students, and members of minority groups so that Behrend can be an equitable place for all.

Progress. That's what John and Safinaz are all about. Together, they look forward to showing you what A Brighter Future for Behrend" looks like!

Chief of Staff

Bailey Rollage

My name is Bailey Rollage, a sophomore political science major. I am involved with numerous clubs on campus and I see the struggle first hand that clubs endure. From lack of clarity in guidelines and resources available to the process with in which clubs are creates. A huge issue would be the discrepancies that clubs encounter when requesting funding. There has been numerous issues with the lack of clarity and confusion with the language in budget guidelines. If elected I would work to eliminate these discrepancies and work to streamline club creation process and support the President.




Muhammad Ali

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After spending a year as a senator in SGA, I realize that there is still more work to be done. As an International student, I realized that there is quite a gap between the International students and domestic students. I want to minimize that gap. Also, something I would like to push if I were to be elected, is to get more counsellors on campus because as of right now, they are severely understaffed. Last by not least, I would push for better food on campus if I’m elected.


Treasurer

Krista Kelyman

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My name is Krista Kelyman, I am a second semester sophomore majoring in biology at Penn State Behrend. On campus, I am involved with the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Army ROTC, the SGA, Color Guard, and Pathfinders. Within those organizations I hold leadership roles such as Judicial Board delegate for Alpha Sigma Alpha, Color Guard Captain, and a squad leader for Army ROTC. My experiences while apart of these organizations have taught me how to effectively streamline communication, take initiative, and be understand the value of discipline. These skills would contribute to my success as a Senator in the SGA since Senators must be able to make difficult, unbiased decisions as well as have strong time management skills. This past year I served as a Senator in the SGA and I want to continue to immerse myself in our campus and aid my peers to make our campus as enjoyable, clean, and safe for everyone as possible!



Senators

Muhammad Ali

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After spending a year as a senator in SGA, I realize that there is still more work to be done. As an International student, I realized that there is quite a gap between the International students and domestic students. I want to minimize that gap. Also, something I would like to push if I were to be elected, is to get more counsellors on campus because as of right now, they are severely understaffed. Last by not least, I would push for better food on campus if I’m elected.


Rian Nihart

As a senator, I would do everything in my power to increase student involvement on campus. To me, that is the most pressing issue that needs to be addressed because as I walk between my classes I see people almost every day just walking and staring down at their phones being quiet as mice, instead of enjoying the fleeting time they have at campus as students. That is why I want to increase involvement through an initiative that pushes for not just club participation but plentiful club events through the creation of manageable financial incentives provided by student government.


Christopher Butler

My name is Chris Butler, and I am running to be your SGA Senator. As we invest our life-savings into our education, it is important for Behrend to spend money in situations where students’ needs are put first. Over the last four years, general undergraduate tuition has increased by more than $1,000 in-state, and $2,000 out-of-state. I believe in conservative spending and investing for need. Coming from Jamestown, NY, I understand infrastructural problems. Heavy traffic hinders punctuality between work and class, and is just one example of a vital investment I will be fighting for as your SGA Senator.



Austin Johnson

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My name is Austin Johnson and I am a senior transfer student here at Behrend and am majoring in Business Economics, and minoring in Statistics and Actuary Science. I will be graduating in May of 2020 and am hoping to contribute my services to Behrend in one of the most influential roles that a student can serve, SGA Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff will assist the President in the general operations of the Student Government Association. The Chief of Staff will also be responsible for the training of interim and mid-term elected Senators and Representatives and serve as Director of the Organizational Affairs Committee. The Chief of Staff will serve as the communications liaison between the President and any Staff and/or volunteer members of the Student Government Association. Last year I served as an upperclassmen Senator as well as the Scholarship Director for SGA, so I am hoping to contribute even more this year. I would like to promote a more direct channel between students and administration and let students know of the opportunities and resources on campus and ensure that our entire SGA staff makes well informed and knowledgeable decisions for bettering the campus. Some of my previous contributions to the campus have been assisting the SGA Budget Committee, revamping the SGA Leadership Scholarship Award, and serving as an active and informative Senator. I am involved with numerous projects and organizations on campus and am really hoping I can serve the student body and encourage a strong channel between the students, SGA, and administration.



Jessie Weller

As someone who has served as a Senator within the SGA both Fall and Spring semester, I can wholeheartedly say that I know my time here is not done. I still have plenty to give when it comes to my student body, and my representation on their  behalf. For our upcoming academic year, I want our Senators to take part in bridging the current gap that resides between SGA, and our student body. I plan on doing what I believe it takes to keep the student body up to date, well educated, and well represented.