My name is Peter Rinehart, and I’m running to represent the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in UPUA’s 12th Assembly. I’m from Washington, PA, and am currently a freshman majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering. During my first year here Penn State, I became a member of the Freshman Council, giving me the incredible opportunity to work closely and build relationships with members in UPUA. I’m also a member of the Earth and Mineral Sciences student council, and was a contributor for Onward State last semester.
UPUA Earth and Mineral Sciences Representative Platform:
Establish Regular Meetings With EMS Administration: Consistent and frequent communication with the Earth and Mineral Science Administration is essential in maintaining a healthy and beneficial relationship between students and faculty. Regular meetings between each party would be a great stride in addressing any concerns that would help improve student life within the college.
Promote and Improve Student Engagement: Student engagement and interaction within the University and community is perhaps the most important thing at Penn State. As the Earth and Mineral Sciences Representative, I would commit myself to expanding the relations between UPUA and organizations within my college in an effort to promote student involvement.
Student Affordability: Currently, students find themselves with increasingly harsh financial situations here at Penn State. As we all know, there are many required materials and services for most courses, including textbooks, access codes, iClickers, and more. Through my work on the Academic Affairs committee, I would advocate for the elimination of unnecessary third-party services that can be assumed through Canvas that would save students money in the classroom.