Junior Juan Mayen is an international studies major and has been involved with several organizations around campus and in the Conway community, including the International Studies Club, Arkansas Model United Nations, Conway K-Life, Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and Christian Student Fellowship. His former Student Government Association experience includes holding the freshman and junior representative positions. If elected, Mayen hopes to show students that “our student government deserves candidates who seek to identify with the average student.” He hopes to add diversity to the SGA hosted programs, allowing other organizations to partner with SGA and “create a more inclusive atmosphere in our campus.” Mayen has the ability to speak both Spanish and English, and he believes that his ability to “put [himself]in the shoes of others” will allow him to represent the student population effectively. He wants to serve the students here on campus and said “our SGA has the opportunity to make the difference between a student dropping out of college or walking four years later [at]graduation with a diploma.”
Junior Ashley Ross is a biology major who says her experience in the Student Government Association “has completely shaped [her]college experience.” In the past, Ross has served as the freshman, sophomore, and junior class vice-president. Other associations she is involved in include Alumni leader and SGA liason for I.d.e.a.l. Freshman Leadership, Pre-med Society, Student Orientation staff, Alpha Sigma Alpha as the public relations chairman and executive treasurer, and Order of Omega Honors Society. She has many ideas on how to improve current situations on campus, including assessing and planning further growth of projects such as Big Event and Day at the Capitol, collaborating with the Student Fee Advisory Committee about students’ opinions on fees, communicating with Aramark to express students’ concerns about meals plans, facility hours and other issues. Ross also wishes to include official SGA apparel so student elected senators can be “more identifiable and students can access [them]easier to share concerns” as well as researching election reforms to “raise the overall voting percentage and enable SGA to have a positive and transparent presence on campus.”
Junior Andrew Holt is an economics major and has been involved previously in Student Government Association, Honors Mentor, Young Democrats and Young Americans for Liberty. Holt wishes to “continue the wonderful work that our senators have been doing” and work towards making a “living, learning community in Conway.” He believes he has the communication and analytic skills necessary to represent the student body.