My name is Katie Jordan and I am a junior Public Relations and Community, Environment and Development double major from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Throughout my time at Penn State, I have been involved in several organizations surrounding service such as THON and Coaches vs. Cancer, where I spent a year as the treasurer. The most rewarding service opportunity has been serving others students through the University Park Undergraduate Association. This year, I served as the Vice President of the UPUA. Throughout my term, I capitalized on every opportunity to create relationships with students, organizations, and administrators. One of the most important roles I had this year was serving as a constituent member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. In my second meeting as a representative, I helped to acquire two additional student seats on the Board. These constituent member seats are essential in student representation on the University’s highest governing body and I am proud to say I had a role in expanding our voice. Additionally, I have worked tirelessly to incorporate the underrepresented voice of international students in their transitioning process. I have worked with the Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs, as well as the Global Programs Office, to create a plan for international students as they begin their time at Penn State. I have also put forth significant effort in ensuring that our University has strong relationships with officials at every level of government. Our best asset in fostering these relationships is the We Are Worth Funding campaign, which I have worked to expand throughout the year. We have worked closely with the Office of Government and Community Relations to ensure our message is consistent with the University’s in regard to advocacy. We have organized other advocacy efforts such as the Day of Action and the Nittany Advocates Corp. to educate all student organizations about the importance of advocacy as a college student.
I am passionate about making students voices heard. My true goal in life is to be an advocate for others and to incorporate points of views that may not have the opportunity to always be recognized. Collaboration is key, and I strive to expand upon current relationships as well as create new ones in order to better student life.
Serving as the Vice President for almost one year equipped me with the knowledge and experience necessary to becoming the next student body President. By combining these experiences with my goals for the future, I am inspired to incorporate all voices in pursuit of bettering student life at Penn State.
My name is Alex Shockley, junior Hospitality Management major from Ocean City, Maryland and brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. This past year, I served as the UPUA Speaker of the Assembly and Chair of the University Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life. As the Speaker, I dedicated my time to ensuring that all four committees were fully functioning and consistently working to complete initiatives. While striving for productivity and assisting representatives, I had the opportunity to lead and assist in the accomplishment of a wide variety of initiatives. This year I helped streamline the process of the creation of the University Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force by presenting to various organizations and groups, both at the student level and faculty and administrative level. Making Penn State a smoke free institution has been a goal of mine since sophomore year and I hope to see this to completion. As formerly mentioned, I currently serve as the Chair of the Committee on Student Life within the University Faculty Senate. As the first student to ever Chair one of the core Faculty Senate committees, I have strived to guarantee equal representation of student opinion. Whether it be the addition of international student representation on the Student Life committee or the inclusion of conversation on important student topics such as CAPS funding and diversity, I have helped to make student life better. In addition to bettering academic life, I have helped to expand the university’s student engagement and engaged scholarship efforts. This year, I have served on three different committees that strive to enhance a student’s engagement opportunities and ensuring that they receive recognition and documentation of their work outside of the classroom.
Whether it be the betterment of student life or ensuring that the student’s voice is always heard, my work through UPUA has become my passion. Every day I attend meetings or collaborate on projects, I am doing so with the sole mentality of helping students learn and engage with the greatest resources in the best environment possible.
I hope to earn your trust to become your next Vice President of the UPUA. If elected, I promise to always serve you and strive to make student life at University Park unrivaled.
Over the past 11 years, the UPUA has strived to make a name for itself in order to serve students and better student life. As the 12th Assembly approaches, we want to generate a new energy that both the organization and University have never seen before. The time has come for all individuals to be heard, and we hope to make this goal a reality.
We determined that the best way to outline our platform and goals for the year was through an acronym, one that is familiar to all Penn Staters. WE ARE… Welcoming Engagement And Reaching Equality. This mission statement confirms our current dedication and future commitment to the University Park student body. WE ARE encompasses a wide variety of initiatives, but we have identified three overarching themes that characterize our priorities for the 12th Assembly.
Increasing Students’ Rights
Students’ rights is inclusive of multiple initiatives, whether it concerns rights in the classroom or rights downtown on a Friday night. If elected, we would be committed to not only protecting the current rights of students, but increasing them moreover. Currently individuals can be denied housing due to their status as a college student, however we seek to change this by making students a protected class against housing discrimination in the borough of State College. Furthermore, in 2009 the UPUA supported the creation of a medical amnesty policy that protected students seeking emergency medical attention on behalf of a peer. If elected, we would work to expand this policy to increase the protections of the student that is intoxicated and needs assistance.
Sustaining a Healthier Penn State
A healthy Penn Stater is not just physically healthy, but emotionally, socially, and fiscally healthy. In order to ensure that every student has the best overall health possible, we plan to continue our advocacy for overall wellness through Campus Recreation, CAPS, and UHS. We also plan to expand financial literacy education and rebuild relationships with the Financial Literacy Office to ensure our students are well versed in how to create a financially sustainable future. Lastly, as a Land Grant university, we should embrace the natural resources that exist and are so cherished at Penn State to make sure all students have access to fresh, healthy food and recreation opportunities regardless of socioeconomic status.
Expanding Our Advocacy and Collaboration
There are hundreds of student organizations at University Park with various missions and goals. The great work that is being done within these organizations should not be lost amongst the vast array of activity on campus. Penn Staters are leading the way both in and out of the classroom, and the UPUA must maintain a clear and open line of communication with all organizations in order to represent the needs of the student population. We must work to connect student organizations with each other and with resources available to them through Penn State. If elected, we will capitalize on collaboration between the undergraduate student government and student organizations in order to increase our overall impact on the greater Penn State community.
To learn more about our vision and platform initiatives, please visit www.votejordanshockley.com.