Run for SGA 2015-2016

By David Hoffman

by Craig Berger

Every undergraduate is a member of UMBC’s Student Government Association, but 20 students each year have the special privilege of organizing and supporting the others in making UMBC their own. Those 20 serve as elected officers of the Association: President, Executive Vice President, VP for Student Organizations, Treasurer, Senators (11) and Finance Board Representatives (5). (Read more about these positions here). Officer terms run for one year starting May 15th.

I hope you’ll consider applying to run for one of these positions for 2015-2016.

UMBC’s SGA has distinguished itself from others by getting beyond the standard “let’s pretend we’re politicians” model to make a real difference on campus. These positions offer a chance to work with others on initiatives that matter and can empower all students.

The application and election process is an open door, and I hope you’ll walk through it. You don’t need any experience; training and opportunities to learn come with these positions.

Applications are due Friday, March 27th at noon.

After the due date, all eligible candidates will receive more information via e-mail regarding next steps, including campaigning.

I serve as SGA’s staff advisor, and it’s a role I treasure because this SGA emphasizes using members’ gifts, energy, and relationships to create a platform for building a stronger UMBC community. It takes courage to make yourself vulnerable and to put your name and ideas in front of your peers, but I see so many students who take that risk and never look back, exploring issues and passions, forming friendships, and developing their confidence and sense of direction.

So check out the application, and if you have questions, contact me at berger@umbc.edu or the Election Board Chair, Evan Leiter-Mason, at leiter1@umbc.edu.

I’ve been advising UMBC’s SGA for three and a half years, and each day I become more and more inspired by all that committed, courageous students can learn and accomplish together.

 

Co-Create UMBC is a blog for and about UMBC, written by David Hoffman and Craig Berger from the Office of Student Life. Join the Co-Create UMBC group on MyUMBC. Like Co-Create UMBC on Facebook. And follow David and Craig on Twitter.
 

Real People Profiles: Kimberly Moffitt

By David Hoffman

We’re asking some of the people you might encounter on the UMBC campus, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, to answer a few questions about themselves and their experiences. These are their responses.

Name: Kimberly Moffitt

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Q: How long have you been at UMBC?

A:8 years

Q: What is your current title (job or student organization position)?
A: Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Language, Literacy, and Culture
Q: In 12 words or less, what role(s) do you play on campus?
A: Campus crusader of transactional knowledge! (knowledge flows in many directions) 🙂
Q: What aspect of your UMBC role(s) do you enjoy most?
A: Engaging and learning from students; exposing students to new and/or different perspectives that challenge them, affirm them, and stretch them a bit.
Q: What is the most important or memorable thing you learned in college/have learned at UMBC?

A: Knowledge is yours for the taking and keeping. No one can strip you of that.

The destination should not be a job/occupation, but the journey to understanding self along the way.

Q: What is one way you have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC or in another community?

A: I am the founding parent of a new charter school opening in Baltimore in August 2015. It is all-male, liberal arts college preparatory program for young men 4th grade-12th grade. This school matters because many of the ills plaguing young, Black males today can be linked to the need for innovative educational opportunities.

Q: Complete this sentence: “I am a big fan of __________”

A: Seeing the world!
Q: Do you have any UMBC stories, little-known facts about UMBC, favorite spots on campus, or anything else you’d like to share?

A:American Studies is a hidden treasure on UMBC’s campus. It’s unique in that you learn about self and others all in one place. We’re a one-stop shop! And we thrive on exposing students to America and the global society by engaging them in work that highlights their connection to all around them.

Co-Create UMBC is a blog for and about UMBC, written by David Hoffman and Craig Berger from the Office of Student Life. Join the Co-Create UMBC group on MyUMBC. Like Co-Create UMBC on Facebook. And follow David and Craig on Twitter.
 

Real People Profiles: Whitney Smith

By David Hoffman

We’re asking some of the people you might encounter on the UMBC campus, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, to answer a few questions about themselves and their experiences. These are their responses.

Name: Whitney Smith

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Q: How long have you been at UMBC?

A:3 years

Q: What is your current title (job or student organization position)?
A: Assistant Director, Sports Marketing, Promotions & Corporate Sales
Q: In 12 words or less, what role(s) do you play on campus?
A: Promoting our NCAA division I athletic programs to the campus and community.
Q: What aspect of your UMBC role(s) do you enjoy most?
A: Working with the students. Seeing our athletic teams succeed on and off the field.
Q: What is the most important or memorable thing you learned in college/have learned at UMBC?

A: The importance of forming meaningful relationships with those you work with.

Q: What is one way you have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC or in another community?

A: Directing the summer day camp. This served our community by providing a fun and safe environment for children. It also gave our counselors hands-on experience working with children. Many of our counselors received full-time teaching jobs at the completion of the camp!

Q: Complete this sentence: “I am a big fan of __________”

A: Taking initiative.
Q: Do you have any UMBC stories, little-known facts about UMBC, favorite spots on campus, or anything else you’d like to share?

A:Favorite spot on campus-definitely the Retriever Activities Center!

Co-Create UMBC is a blog for and about UMBC, written by David Hoffman and Craig Berger from the Office of Student Life. Join the Co-Create UMBC group on MyUMBC. Like Co-Create UMBC on Facebook. And follow David and Craig on Twitter.
 
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