2018 Class Officer Elections

 

Candidates for Class President 

Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez
Sarah O'Rourke
Alex Stogin

Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez

Sarah O'Rourke

Alex Stogin

 

Q. Describe leadership activities that you have been involved in that prepared you for the position you are seeking to hold.

 

A. Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez

Thanks to IWU and the incredible opportunities it affords, I've been lucky enough to take part in a lot of activities. 

I have served as: the Civic Engagement Commissioner for Student Senate; President and Secretary of the Spanish and Latino Student Association; a Residential Assistant for Dodds; a Residential Community Advisor for Munsell Hall; Student Coordinator for the Action Research Center; student representative on the General Education Task Force; student representative for the Curriculum Council; student representative on search committees; and more.

Thanks to these positions, I have successfully planned and executed events like the Civic Engagement Banquet, Barrio Fiesta, and the downtown Bloomington Scavenger Hunt, and assisted in planning the RSO Fair, and bringing Epic Rap Battles to campus. I have hosted programs for residents, spoken to large crowds about the importance of being involved in and out of the IWU community, and created ties with faculty, staff, administration, and Bloomington-Normal community members. On top of all that, I have dedicated myself to giving back to the community by volunteering whenever possible.

 

A. Sarah O'Rourke

I currently hold several positions of leadership at IWU including being the current Class of 2018 Vice President. I am currently the RCA of Gulick Hall (overseeing the RAs and Desk Aides), and next year I will be the lead RCA on campus and the apartment manager at the East Street Apartments (a position that I have created). I have been the president of Women's Club Volleyball for three years now and am the founder of Men's Club Volleyball. I am a Spanish tutor at the LRC where I love doing Hablame sessions with students. I sit on the executive board for IWU Student Ambassadors which enables me to show off my love for this amazing campus by interacting with potential prospective students.

 

A. Alex Stogin

I serve as the current Class of 2018 President and Business Manager of the Argus. Additionally, I have served as Student Senate Treasurer, Sigma Pi Vice President, Director of Wellness and Risk Management for FSPB, and President of Model UN. These roles have allowed me to work side by side with a wide spectrum of students and their respective organizations. Thus, I have had the opportunity to engage in conversation with members of various sports teams, Greek organizations, activist groups and more. I want to use the time I've spent and experiences I've had to bring us all together for our senior year and send us off in a meaningful way!

 

Q. Why do you think class unity is important?

 

A. Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez

When we graduate we will not only take away a diploma and a GPA, but we will take away all of the great memories we have created with incredible friends. The Class of 2018 came in as fresh, bright-eyed students raring to kick off their college career. Now, as we begin the final stretch to the end, we are all now a lot wiser, smarter, and ready to end with a bang. I believe class unity is important because we began this college journey together and we are going to end it together! United, we will celebrate our accomplishments, our failures, our tears, and our joy. We are going to leave IWU a better place than when we first got here, as better people. And I for one, couldn't be happier to be part of this class.

 

A. Sarah O'Rourke

I believe that class unity is important because the Class of 2018 is one student body that needs a common focus in the direction of success. We must share our opinions with one another in order to form a cohesive bond between all of our voices. Unity will create a positive environment of excitement, involvement, and change for the better. Being united will play a substantial role for the Class of 2018 as we strive to achieve our dreams together during our last year here at Illinois Wesleyan.

 

A. Alex Stogin

Two of the most important things we will leave IWU with (beyond our degrees) are the memories we've made and relationships we've formed with one another. Once we walk across the stage at graduation and depart for wherever life takes us, I want us to look back and know that we can always rely on our fellow Titans. By working together, we can push towards making the world a better place, similarly to how we have made IWU a better place over the last four years.

 

Q.  How will you connect with the class if elected to office ?

 

A. Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez

Senior Facebook page! Senior Class Snapchat! Senior Class Insta! Emails and newsletters as well! Almost everyone by now is connected to social media and the best way to countdown our last year is to showcase our grads. By using social media, I will be able to keep everyone informed about upcoming Senior Class events and programs, and everyone can submit photos or shout outs about all of our class activities. From the Hypnotist, to choir events, to theatre performances, to science and econ presentations, to football, lacrosse, swim, and softball games, and more! There's really no limit since we're a pretty talented bunch of people. As we make the most of our final year, we should all proudly show off what we have been a part of, and what we will remember most about IWU.

 

A. Sarah O'Rourke

One thing that I have always been very passionate about while being on our campus is communicating with students face to face. I think that making personal connections with the people we are surrounded with is one of the most valuable components of this world. It is my goal to connect with as many people as possible in our journey here at IWU because I truly care about the students of Wesleyan and wish for them to have the most positive experience as possible. I think showing students that I care about our school gets them excited and passionate so that they can believe in the innovation here at Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

A. Alex Stogin

I will work with the vice president to utilize social media and class wide communications in order to kick start ideas on how we would like to structure our final year at IWU and the legacy we leave behind. I plan to incorporate as much diversity as possible on the Senior Class Committee, so that a variety of ideas and voices can be heard. I look forward to ensuring that our graduation experience is unique to our class. The committee will help me reach as many people as possible and ensure that anyone with ideas has an easy opportunity to voice them.

 

Q. What do you hope to accomplish if elected to a leadership position for your class?

 

A. Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez

If you would do me the honor of electing me as your Senior Class of 2018 President, I will do my utmost to make it an unforgettable year. I want to organize events outside of typical Senior Week events, like senior class movie outings, potential dances, downtown trips, paintball tournaments, and more, throughout the year. I want to take advantage of our remaining time and bring in some more class bonding events. Basically anything that is fun and interesting! Like you, I am ready to blow off some steam and have a great year full of exciting events and activities. Additionally, one of my goals is to highlight each and every one of you. I know that we all have done our share of incredible things at IWU and you each deserve recognition. It is my hope to make a newsletter of sorts that highlights a group of us every week. You are all astounding individuals and everyone needs to know!

 

A. Sarah O'Rourke

I do not want to be the President of the Class of 2018 for a resume builder. I want to be the President because I truly care about our class and all I can ask is that I help the student body have the most memorable Senior Year that any of us could imagine. I want to be a voice for the students of the class of 2018 at Illinois Wesleyan University.  I think that students should have a say in their experience here on campus because I believe that our college experience is what we make of it.  We should all contribute to making our college experience the best that it can possibly be.

 

A. Alex Stogin

I hope to find ways to add several unique characteristics to our class’s graduation experience. I will work closely with the vice president and the Senior Class Committee to incorporate various ideas our class may have on what we would like to see in our commencement experience. In addition, I hope to develop ways to connect all of us more permanently, so that we can be a consistent support network for one another post-graduation!

 

Candidates for Class Vice President

Laurence Henderson
Halley Shanley

Laurence Henderson

Halley Shanley

 

Q. Describe leadership activities that you have been involved in that prepared you for the position you are seeking to hold.

 

A. Laurence Henderson

In high school, I was a 5-sport athlete and obtained captain roles on each team.  I also attended 2013 Premiere Boys State, which is a Legion leadership camp in which schools across Illinois send 2-3 individuals.  At the camp, I was awarded with the 3rd highest honor amongst my peers.  I am currently on the executive board for both Student Senate and Black Student Union.

 

A. Halley Shanley

I currently serve as the President of Kappa Delta Sorority and Dance Team Captain. Through these positions I have honed in on my leadership, creativity, and problem solving skills. I believe these skills will serve me well as Vice President in connecting with the class and ensuring a unique graduation experience for the Class of 2018. Additionally, I have served 2 terms on Panhellenic Council, as VP Public Relations and VP Recruitment. These positions put my communication skills to the test. After running various social media accounts for the council and transitioning to lead coordinator of Panhellenic recruitment, I am able to communicate information to over 100 people with ease and organize a multitude of events for people to participate in. Finally, I have served my class as a student senator for 3 semesters. My time on Student Senate has allowed me to be the voice of my constituents and taught me the value of individual ideas. These are values that I look forward to carrying into the Vice President position.

 

Q. Why do you think class unity is important?

 

A. Laurence Henderson

Class unity is a major part of the college experience.  Nobody wants to go to a school in which their peers lack spirit and unity.  Class unity allows people to feel as if they are a part of a “whole,” and not alone on their collegiate journey.

 

A. Halley Shanley

20 years from now we might remember our favorite professors, those classes that were way more work than they’re worth, and saga brunch...but what we will most definitely remember are all of the nights we stayed up way too late making new friends, catching up with old ones, and the countless memories that came from them. These memories are what will stay with us long after we graduate next May. Knowing that we have each other to rely on not only now, but also in the many years to come is what class unity is all about.

 

Q.  How will you connect with the class if elected to office ?

 

A. Laurence Henderson

I will do everything in my power to bring events to campus that promote class cohesion.  I will do my best to encourage our class to get out, get involved, and participate in school events.

 

A. Halley Shanley

I look forward to coordinating with the president and the rest of the Senior Class Committee to make the most of our final year as students at Wesleyan! Input from as many people as possible is crucial to planning events that will bring us together and keep us all excited. I hope to connect our class by using various social media platforms in order to ensure as many voices can be heard as possible to create the senior year WE want and leave a legacy that will forever reflect the time we spent together at IWU!

 

Q. What do you hope to accomplish if elected to a leadership position for your class?

 

A. Laurence Henderson

I hope to unite my peers.  This is our last ride.  We are finally going to be seniors and unity is more important now than it ever has been.  I would hate for someone to leave Wesleyan feeling like they didn’t belong.

 

A. Halley Shanley

I hope to bring the best out of our class by increasing the ways we can connect and interact with one another over the next year and long after we graduate. I plan to work diligently with the class president and the Senior Class Committee to tap into the strengths each of us has to offer to make our senior year and commencement one that shows off what sets our class apart from all others.