In a new Q&A series, The Echo reporters ask Student Government Association candidates about their Spring 2016 campaigns. Elections will take place April 6-7 on Org Sync.
Q: Who are you and what are you running for?
My name is Ryan Joyner and I am running for the SGA Vice President of Operations position.
Q: Why did you decide to run for SGA?
I saw SGA as an opportunity to become better connected to my campus by engaging with the student body and working to resolve their concerns. My first year on campus I witnessed how influential the student government at UCA could be, and how they truly make a difference in the lives of our students. I was very involved in high school, and I knew I had the passion and love for UCA that would make me a dedicated senator and help me connect to students. After serving in leadership roles on senate this year, I hope to grow myself and this organization by stepping into the role of Vice President of Operations so that our SGA can most effectively reach students.
Q: Why should UCA students elect you?
I am approachable and experienced. I know how to handle the tough issues that SGA is tasked to address. As the chair of the Housing and Food Services committee, I had to work quickly to resolve problems for students no matter how big or how small. Students can trust me to represent them before UCA administration and to make educated votes on their behalf. I feel as if I am prepared for this position because I served on the Public Relations committee, which works directly underneath the Vice President of Operations to promote the mission of SGA and to inform the students of what SGA is doing.
Q: Have you been in a leadership position before?
I have served on SGA as Housing and Food Services committee chair and as the Vice President of the Sophomore Class.
Q: What’s something unusual about you?
I was born on October 4th, 1995 weighing at 9 pounds 12 ounces. I was the biggest baby born that day, and my mother got to ring a bell that sounded throughout the whole hospital to notify the other mothers that her baby was a winner.
photo courtesy of Ryan Joyner