BLACKSBURG, Va., May 7, 2012 – Election results are in for the Virginia Tech Student Government Association’s officers for the 2012-13 school year.
Undergraduate students voted earlier this spring, and they elected as president Dustin Dorph of Oak Ridge, N.J., a junior majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering. Anjelica Smith of Chesapeake, Va., a sophomore majoring in communications in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was elected vice president.
Dorph served in the association’s House of Representatives during the 2011-12 school year, while Smith served as the SGA’s co-director of student outreach in 2011-12.
Students also elected senators from each college at the university. The following students were elected to represent their respective colleges:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Justin Adams of Springfield, Va., a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise;
- Jackson Ames of Mechanicsville, Va., a junior majoring in animal and poultry sciences;
- Brent Ashley of Felton, Del., a sophomore majoring in dairy science and animal and poultry science; and
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
- Carter Gresham of Chesapeake, Va., a first-year student majoring in architecture.
- YuYu Schatz of Burke, Va., a junior majoring in interior design; and
College of Engineering
- Isaac Burgos of Leesburg, Va., a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering;
- Joshua Eddy of Arlington, Va., a first-year student majoring in aerospace engineering;
- Cullen Fleming of Ashburn, Va., a junior majoring in chemical engineering;
- Conor Goree of Alexandria, Va., a junior majoring in chemical engineering;
- Julia Michel of Cleveland, Ohio, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering;
- Kevin Peterson of Clifton Forge, Va., a junior majoring in mechanical engineering;
- Ed Rooney of Staten Island, N.Y., a junior majoring in aerospace engineering; and
- Ron Sun of Fairfax Station, Va., a junior majoring in construction engineering and management.
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- Erin Caffrey of Ridgewood, N.J., a sophomore majoring in apparel, housing, and resource management;
- Amanda Lemons of Roanoke, Va., a sophomore majoring in political science;
- Liz Machesney of Fairfax, Va., a first-year student majoring in Spanish and human development.
- Amy Salamon of Chesterfield, Va., a sophomore majoring in political science;
College of Natural Resources and Environment
- Bryan Mitchell of Virginia Beach, Va., a sophomore majoring in geography; and
- Ben Shyrock of Hague, Va., a junior majoring in wildlife sciences.
Pamplin College of Business
- Jordan Howar of Stafford, Va., a junior majoring in economics and business;
- Morgan Foody of Charlotte, N.C., a first-year student majoring in business; and
- Brett Ruby of Royal Oak, Mich., a junior majoring in marketing management.
College of Science
- Kyle Harring of Fredericksburg, Va., a junior majoring in biology; and
- Erica Denfeld of South Riding, Va., a junior majoring in psychology.
- Gloria Trivitt of Roanoke, Va., a junior majoring in biology;
- Nicollette Killen of Newtown Square, Pa., a first-year student majoring in University Studies.
The Student Government Association is the voice of undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, and is advised by Student Centers and Activities within the Division of Student Affairs. It is structured similarly to the federal government, with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The association also has directors for different issues, such as directors of transportation and sustainability. These directors work with their university counterparts.
Aside from meetings of the judicial branch, all meetings are open. Any undergraduate student can attend the open meetings, or participate in the House of Representatives, which is comprised of one representative from each of the more than 700 registered student organizations. Students can also run for Senate or higher office.
To learn more about the Student Government Association, visit the website or contact the officers.
The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.
Written by Jennifer Gibson.