USA Constitution Changes
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution:
- Curriculum Senators based on Department.
- Class level determined by graduation year.
- Club requirements for both funded and non-funded clubs.
- Director of Campus Life and Director of SAPB included in Constitution.
- GPA requirements for E-Board officers increased.
- 1/3 majority to amend constitution
Click here to see full edits to the USA Constitution.
Undergraduate Student Association (USA) Letters of Intent - 2013-14
CLASS CHAIR CANDIDATES
1. Junior Class Chair (1 - Teagan Dolan)
ESF Student Body,
I, Teagan Dolan, am submitting this letter of intent to run for USA Junior Class Chair. I am an Environmental Studies student with a focus on Policy, Planning, and Law. I served as a Sophomore Class Senator last year. Therefore I feel I am confident in how USA functions and would like to take on the added responsibility of becoming Class Chair this year.
Outside of my USA participation, I am very active on campus. Currently, I am a Rosen Fellow, Orientation Leader, Student Mentor, member of the Women’s Soccer Team, and conduct a self-designed research project. These activities have provided me with a plethora of skills. I am driven, responsible, friendly, an excellent time manger, and I work well with others. But, most importantly, I ridiculously love ESF! I think that my breadth of involvement on campus has provided me with the faculty connections, confidence, and genuine excitement to fulfill the duties of this position.
As Junior Class Chair, I would like to work more to facilitate clearer channels of communication between the junior class and USA to make our last two years on campus both impactful and memorable.
I would be honored to represent the Class of 2015 as Junior Class Chair!
2. Sophomore Class Chair (1 – Caleb Rudge)
Contributing to the ESF community has tremendous rewards. Last year, as Freshman class chair, I felt the rewards of participating in the Undergraduate Student Association and seeing our campus in action. As Sophomore class chair, I will certainly have more responsibility, but I believe I am up for the challenge. The Sophomore class chair's chief responsibility is Earth Week, one of the greatest statements our campus makes towards sustainability. Please believe me that my organizational skills, energy level, and leadership abilities are ready to be tested. I would be honored to receive your vote.
3. First-Year Class Chair (1 - Nidhi Baid)
I am Nidhi Baid, a freshmen in Environmental Science. I come from a city called Jaipur (India), which is almost 7000 miles from here. All the way here I have found a new home at ESF and all I know is that I need to be a part of the group which takes care of my new home. Undergraduate Student Association is the perfect place as I know it will help me get accustomed to this new place and make it a part of me. For background information, my school was a place where I had been for 12 years and I miss it more than my own house as it was the most awesome place I knew. The family I had formed there with all those amazing people is something I will love to have here as well. The class I graduated with was acknowledged as the 'Best Class Till Date' and it would be great to have the same here. I want to represent the Class of 2017 by being the First Year Class Chair as I know that we are an extraordinary group of people who can actually make a difference in the world. I have been on my school's Student Government and have also been the Secretary General for two consecutive Model UN's. I have loved all the responsibilities that came along with it and I have also experienced the problems which may arise when you represent a bunch of almost 3000 students. I have nothing to complain about as those things made me grow into a more reliable person. The reason that I loved all my experiences was that I am an amazing listener. I like knowing people's problem and help them if they are finding something difficult as the situation reverses all the time when it comes to things like Calculus. Though its just been a month, I know every freshmen feels the same that this new place is gradually (term varies according to individuals) is becoming their home. The set of faces we see everyday, some we have become friends with while some may become our friends on the way, are the people we now refer to as our family. We wake up and go to the Chemistry class together than whine about the Bio assignment and if nothing's left to complain about we have weather, the hottest topic of all times. Without realizing we are building each other's college experience and to make it the best time of our lives we need to ensure that the person who represents us cares about our experience. I am not saying its only me who cares, but I am just saying I am ready to take on the responsibility of being the representative. I am ready to be the person to whom you can tell your experiences and to whom you can delegate the responsibility of making it better in whichever way I can. If anything goes bad, I give you full freedom to raise you finger at me. If you feel I deserve the position, please vote for me but if you're not so sure, please come talk to me and know me before voting. After all this is your college and your class representative, so you need to be sure about who you choose or even reject!
CLASS SENATOR CANDIDATES
4. Senior Class Senator (1 - Emma Putman)
I would like to run for a senior class senator position. I would like to assist you in planning the December soiree, class mixers, and other projects you are involved with. Since I am beginning my fourth year at ESF, I have made many connections with students in my class and would help increase attendance at various events hosted by USA and other events on campus. I will also voice the concerns of my classmates. I worked as an intern for 8 months at a paper mill, which taught me how to communicate well and accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively. These traits carry over to every other aspect of my life; I believe I will be a beneficial member of the senior class and USA.
5. Sophomore Class Senator (1 - Jeremy Driscoll)
I would like to run to be a Sophomore Class Senator this school year. I'm a sophomore in the ERE program and was in USA last year. I would like to continue my involvement in the decision making of the school. I find it to be an informative and enriching time.
CURRICULUM SENATOR CANDIDATES
6. Environmental and Forest Biology Curriculum Senator (1 - Donald Arthur)
I am writing this letter to announce my intentions of running for Curriculum Senator for Aquatics and Fisheries Science under the EFB department. I feel I would be an excellent fit for this position because of how deeply immersed in the major I am. Currently, I am enrolled in almost all Aquatic and Fisheries Science course, most being in a small classroom environment where I have several opportunities to have personal conversations with the program’s professors such as Drs. Limburg, Schulz, and Ringler. This time in these classes and on field trips would allow for me to communicate with these professor their concerns and interests to the undergraduate Aquatics and Fisheries students. Dr. Stewart is also my advisor, so I make regular visits to his office. I am surrounded by many Aquatic and Fishery majors by the peers in my courses and clubs I am involved in. I regularly hear these students concerns and wishes, and could readily rely them to the program professors.
I am currently involved with the two fisheries-based clubs here on campus. Being actively involved in the ESF-chapter of Aquatic Fisheries Society and President of the ESF Troutbums, I communicate and plan events between the clubs. The members in these clubs are often time Aquatic and Fisheries major or EFB students that are enrolled in course the program has to offer; I hear their interests and concern as well.
The field of Aquatic and Fisheries is my love and passion, and I understand that my fellow students in this great program adore the field as I do. These students must be represented and have a voice when communicating with professors of the program as well as being represented socially and academically around campus. I know what I would like to see done with the program for undergraduates, and my visions closely parallel those of my fellow Aquatic and Fisheries Scientist. I would make the ideal liaison between the program and U.S.A..
7. Environmental Resources Engineering Curriculum Senator (1 - Sara Chin)
To the undergraduates of ERE:
My name is Sara Chin and I would like to serve as the Environmental Resources Engineering Curriculum Senator of the Undergraduate Student Association for the 2013-2014 academic year. I am currently a junior in ERE and I had held this position during the spring semester of 2013.
As ERE Curriculum Senator, I would like to further unite the professors and students of the ERE program. I would also like to provide representation of the ERE department within USA. Currently, I hold officer positions in several clubs in which the ERE department takes part in, including ERE Club, Engineering for a Sustainable Society (formerly the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders), and the student chapter of the New York Water Environment Association. I believe that my involvement within our department will not only allow me to easily reach out to ERE students and professors, but it will also help me to be more accurately representative of our department. During my last term, I planned a successful mixer with a high turnout, and I have several potential improvements in mind for the next event.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I would be truly grateful for the honor of using this position to further improve our community.
8. Environmental Science Curriculum Senator (1 - Brendan McCormack)
Students of SUNY-ESF,
My name is Brendan McCormack and I am a sophomore in the Environmental Science major, with a focus on renewable energy. I am currently running for the position of Environmental Science Curriculum Senator/Representative within the Undergraduate Student Association (USA). I would like this position so that I may be able to serve the needs of the Environmental Science division, on both the student and faculty level, as well as gain a greater influential role in the ESF community.
As an Orientation Leader and a member of the Mentoring Program, I understand how important it is to be involved within the great community here at ESF. To influence the incoming class and make them feel welcome is very important, but once those jitters are gone, academic needs must be fulfilled. If there is an issue within the Environmental Science division, I would do all in my power to address them, or start a movement to have them addressed.
While also being involved on campus, I am also very active within the Environmental Science division. I have a good relationship with both Dr. Russell Briggs, whom is the Environmental Science Director, and Ann Moore, the new Environmental Science Advisor and Senior Staff Assistant. With help of Ann and a few peers, I helped raise awareness of the Environmental Science Mixer which had gotten one of its better turnouts than previous years. During that mixer, staff and students were able to speak for maybe one of the first times, as well as address issues or compliment strengths found within the Environmental Science division.
If elected, I would help plan upcoming mixers, address issues found by faculty and students pertaining to the Environmental Science division, as well as be an active member within the ESF community.
I hope you find me fit for this position and thank you for your time,
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Undergraduate, Environmental Science Class of 2016
9. Environmental Studies Curriculum Senator (1 - Samantha Buzash)
My name is Samantha Buzash and I am a junior in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Policy, Planning and Law. I have worked as an Orientation Leader and Mentor for the past two years. I have worked in the Tutoring Center and Writing Resource Center in the past. I am currently serving as the Peer Tutor Coordinator in the Academic Success Center. I hope to serve as Chair of Environmental Studies.
The position interests me because I feel I can accurately and effectively represent the student body in this major. I have taken a variety of courses offered in my field ranging from introduction to chemistry, to a graduate level economics course and an LA drawing studio class. I feel this is the best part about the major, that while we have common interests and core classes everyone is able to go very different directions based on their personal passions.
A few things I plan to do as chair of Environmental Studies would be to interact more with faculty. Our department has recently lost a few key faculty members, Professor Jack Manno and Professor Charles Hall, just to name a couple. I feel a resurgence of faculty to student interactions is needed. I look forward to organizing a curriculum mixer to make this happen. I also want to discuss the current mandatory courses our major is required, as I feel many students believe some of the courses are either redundant or unnecessary.
Thank you for considering me for the position,
Environmental Studies, Planning Policy and Law
Peer Tutor Coordinator
10. Forest and Natural Resources Management Curriculum Senator (1 - Zachary Boerman)
Position of Forest and Natural Resource Management Curriculum Senator
After a very positive year at ESF my freshman year, and the Ranger School my sophomore year, I, Zack Boerman, would like to run for the position of Forest and Natural Resource Management Curriculum Senator. I believe that I can contribute a great deal to this position from my experiences thus far at ESF.
During my freshman year I was lucky enough to become close with students from various majors. This allowed me to stay open to other schools of thought and the other curriculums offered on campus. Sophomore year I had the opportunity to get to know my fellow classmates,perhaps too well, at the Ranger School and understand our positions better as future forest and natural resource managers. The rigorous experience at Ranger School taught me professionalism and the importance of time management. It also taught me the value of creating a cohesive student body that can feel comfortable sharing their needs and depending on one another inside, and outside, the classroom. I would like to apply the closeness between students I felt at the Ranger School back on the main campus within our major.
My prior experience that would aid me in this position comes from my involvement in community service the past two years as well as high school. Freshman year I was active in community service activities such as garden planting and volunteering to help kids at the Museum of Science and Technology. During high school I was involved in coordinating events through our local nature center for the public. In addition, I helped teach a sunday school through a local church for young children. These experiences required a significant amount organization, communication and planning ahead. I believe this past experience will help me in my goal of unifying the FNRM student body.
The thought of being able to represent the students in FNRM brings me a lot of excitement. We are a smaller facet of the ESF population but we are dedicated to good work and have a strong interest in being the best resource management professionals we can. These students deserve a voice and an opportunity to become more connected inside and outside the classroom and I would like to be the one to provide them with that.
Thank you for your consideration.
Zachary M. Boerman
11. Forest and Natural Resources Management Curriculum Senator (2 - Donald Grace)
Dear Joe Piazza,
I am running for the position of curriculum senator for the Forest and Natural Resource Department for the under graduate student association. I should be considered as a quality candidate as I have a variety of experience.
I have a lot of experience in leadership positions and am continuing to learn how to become a better leader. Here on campus I was and will continue to be an Orientation leader which taught me how to lead people who didn’t necessarily know where they wanted to go. I am also the captain of the Syracuse lacrosse team, for this we have to make a budget, schedule events, and lead the team in a positive direction. I was very recently voted to be vice president of the forestry club and am looking forward to helping the club in every way possible.
I am very interested in this position for two reasons; one being the low enrollment in my major. The incoming class of freshman had not one student enrolled in my major and when I was a freshman I was one of two. I want to increase awareness on what my major is all about and educate students as to why I believe it’s so great. Also I believe my department is under represented due to a lack of involvement by many of our students, therefore I would like to voice their opinions.