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About Nikki Shonoiki

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Running For: Student Senate President
About Me:
I'm a Senior majoring in Intercultural Communication with a minor in Social Justice and Women's & Gender Studies. Since the beginning of my freshmen year at UWRF, I have been actively involved in student leadership. I have 2 and a half years of experience on Student Senate beginning in Fall 2006 as West Area Representative and ending Fall 2008 after 1 and a half years as Diversity and Women's Initative Director. I've served as a chair of the Leadership Development and Service Committee, Diversity Awareness Committee; helped co-found and co-chair Rise Up for Women's Rights and I've been involved with or in a leadership position in many  other organizations. It's important that I emphasis my commitment to this University and more importantly to each and every student attending it. My track record speaks to my leadership capabilities and my connections to many areas on campus will make networking and collaboration a breeze for me and provide resources for the entire senate. My number one goal is to serve the students and I hope you will put faith in my ability to accomplish it!



About Patrick Okan

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Running For: Student Senate Vice President
About Me: I’m a Sophomore student majoring in Geography at UWRF. I have been active in Student Senate and in Student Organizations including College Democrats, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Student Geography Organization. I have experience on Student Senate, and am knowledgable about the University and how to work within it - something that a Vice President needs to know. I enjoy working with all students on issues that matter, and will work as Vice President to keep contact between the Students and Student Senate – something which is sorely needed.


About Ryan Debner

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Running For: Student Senate College of Arts and Sciences Rep and At-Large
About Me:
I am a sophomore majoring in Biology/pre-vet. I have been elected Residence Hall Association Representative for Crabtree Hall and was elected to be the RHA Representative on Student Senate this past semester. I also serve on Legislative Affairs in senate and Housing Appeals for RHA. I also work for the Division of Technology Services as a computer support technician. I feel strongly that students need to be fairly represented on campus; it is not always the case in political atmospheres that decisions are made for the people without any personal agendas. I feel that it is only right that we student senators make decisions that benefit the students in every way, after all this is the students campus. I aspire to stand up for the student body when it comes to decision making on this campus.


About Zach Steeno

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Running For: Student Senate College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science Rep
About Me: My name is Zach Steeno and I'm a sophomore with a Horticulture major and a minor in Biology and I have experience with many diverse groups on campus from playing on the rugby team, to being an officer for Horticulture Society, and I am currently working with an Adviser to help establish a meditation and relaxation group on campus. I'm running for senate because I feel stuff needs to be changed around campus. You never hear about
the student senate, what they are doing or what they are up too. I want to help get that information out and into the student population so we can get your feedback as well. I just want to change things and make it better for the students on campus.


About Kelsey Hansen

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Running For: Student Senate At-Large
About Me:
Hi all, I am a sophomore music education major and an active member of the theater and music departments on campus. I am running because the Music, Theater, and Art departments need more representation in the Student Senate to prevent future budget and program cuts. The fine arts are vital to the diversity and beauty of this campus- we cannot let them go unnoticed. Please support me in this endeavor! THE ARTS NEED A VOICE, and I would love to be that voice for all of you!


About Emily Carlson

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Running For: Student Senate At-Large
About Me: Info coming soon!


About Russ Sawyer

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Running For: Student Senate At-Large
About Me: Info coming soon!