Class Officer Elections

 

Candidates for Class President 

 

 

No Candidate

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

  

Why do you think class unity is important?

 

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

 

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

 

Candidates for Class Vice President

 
Nitesh

Nitesh Kumar


Matthew

Matthew Piotrowiak

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

 Resident Community Advisor (RCA): As an RCA in a residence hall, I have learned supervisor and management skills. I am responsible for overseeing both the hall’s desk aide staff, as well as the resident assistant (RA) staff. While in the position, I have learned programs on a hall-wide and sometimes on a campus-wide basis that requires great organizational skills, and an innate ability to plan and delegate specific tasks. Also, I have served as the Vice President for Class of 2016, which has enabled me to be connected with the class through facebook page. I plan on being more active on that facebook page and update every one of upcoming senior plans if elected.

IWU F1RST Co Founder (first generation based RSO) - The main focus and goal of this organization is to incorporate college students into the university community, and new part of their life through navigating students through the resources available to attain higher education for first generation college students. Promoted an open, nonjudgmental and engaging environment for the exchanging of idea, feelings, and experiences of individual students during meetings.  Provided avenues of assistance to ensure that every member of FIRST will find something beneficial to their personal and academic success while being an active member of this organization. 

I was the philanthropy chairman for Acacia for 1.5 years, where I gained experience organizing philanthropic events and opportunities for my fraternity. I am also on student senate. Through senate, I have garnered a better understanding of what is important to students on this campus.  In addition, although this is most definitely not a leadership position, I have participated in a tremendous variety of the events and clubs on this campus, including Global Brigades, Stand Up Against Cancer, Frisbee club, Dance Marathon, IWU Interfaith, and more. I’d hope to say with a straight face that I’ve had a true “liberal arts experience.” Having experienced a little bit of everything that this campus has to offer, I feel prepared to represent the tremendous variety of people that is class of 2016.

Why do you think class unity is important?

 Class unity is important because once we graduate and leave IWU, homecoming  week and other Alumni events will only be enjoyable in the future if we feel connected as a class. It’s also important so that we can come together as alumni to help IWU with events like ‘All In for Wesleyan.’ There are a number of ways we can give back to our university as Alumni, either financially or with our time, serving as a mentor to a student or helping a student with an internship. I have been a part of great program on campus called “Titan Leadership”, which provided mentorship with alumni currently working at big corporations and reached back to help the Wesleyan students. I plan on working with the senior committee to program events that brings unity among our class, so we not only feel connected to the university, but each other as alumni.

Some say that these are the best years of our lives. A significant part of the college experience is the people around you. I know that I want to look fondly upon my time here at Wesleyan because of the friends I have made, the majority of which have been in the Class of 2016. Class unity is important to me as I hope that everyone can say that they made those lifelong relationships. Our time at IWU brings us together, though we have to make the effort to maintain them. It should be worth it.

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

 I would definitely provide update on the Facebook page that was created back in 2012 when I was elected as the Vice President of Class of 2016, my freshmen year. I would try to get all the seniors in a forum where they can communicate with each other and share thoughts and ideas about senior week. I would reach out to senior senators to provide updates from student senate and work closely with Student senate for senior program funding and planning events. I would also work closely with senior committee to plan senior gift that is unique and reflects our class input. 

Anyone that knows me well knows that I love going out of my way to talk to (read: bother) my classmates. The easiest way to understand what people want is to just ask them. One question is – what kind of events does the senior class want to see? I’ve seen firsthand that many great events go on at this school that do not get the attendance that they deserve. So, I would ask that biology major, that theatre major, football player, or musician, and find out what they want to see happen. 

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

 If elected, I will use my organization skills and work with the Class President to represent the Class of 2016 in planning activities for senior week, choosing a class gift and any other decisions that need to be made. It is important to me that the class members must be a part of the decision, for which Class of 2016 will be remembered by. I hope to foster a friendly environment to all and be open to accepting others. I hope to take on projects aiming to keep the class engaged and active. I plan on making senior week events fun, while keeping the ‘unity’ aspect in back of my mind to bring the class together and create long lasting relationships. Lastly, I want the Class of 2016 to enjoy our last year on campus and make the most out of it.

I hope to help make a lasting, positive impression of Illinois Wesleyan on our class. I know many people that can’t wait to graduate. I very much respect that, and understand the desire to stop studying, stop paying for college, and make our way into the “real world.” I, however, and I know there are also many others with this mindset, am having the time of my life this year. We should be enjoying ourselves. We should still be making friends within our year. There are a large number of students, that I know, that don’t know about, ignore, or don’t care about what happens on campus around them. I want to help the Senior Committee create events that will fix this. We can have a sort of last hoorah. We’ll miss these days when they’re done. Let’s make the most of them. How many of you voting actually read this?