JSO Presidential Forum 2020

Welcome by Rachel Hamann

Introduction of Candidates

  • Tell us about yourself. What year are you? What are you studying? Where are you from?

  • Randy Grinter: Biology Major, Junior, and is looking forward to graduating

  • Sebby Torres: Sports Management Major, Junior, and is from North Lake, IL

  • Nikki Dobson: Bio Chem & Chem on a Pre-Med track, Junior, and commutes from Carpentersville

  • What experience(s) have you had in student leadership?

  • Randy:

  • Has been Treasurer for JSO this year

  • It's not a traditional role on JSO

  • Has enjoyed getting to meet new people and look into JSO and the student situation on a different level

  • Being a part of the JSO team you get to work with a lot of great people

  • Sebby:

  • Business & ESS Student Advocate

  • Enjoys team time and growing together

  • Advocating for people within his majors

  • Two year Gen Mentor

  • Be more of an outgoing person

  • Making connections with new students

  • Nikki:

  • Has served on JSO for two years

  • Student Government Specialist

  • Commuter president

  • Connecting with the commuter students

  • Being able to foster community with one another

  • Tell us about some of the accomplishments that you have made as a student leader.

  • ​Randy:

  • Being at Judson broke me out of my shell and being a part of JSO has helped with that

  • Getting to know people

  • I have gotten to know a lot of people, fostering new relationships and engage in the community in new and different ways

  • Nikki:

  • While serving as the Student Government Specialist I was able to develop the student advocacy team

  • Helped to spear head the new commuter lounge space

  • It creates a home away from home for commuters

  • The new commuter lounge opening next week

  • Its important to connect with everyone from different backgrounds

  • Sebby:

  • Being able to be more of an outgoing person

  • As a Gen Mentor you get to hear from students and meet them where they are at

  • You get to hear their unique journey

  • What are your areas of strength?

  • ​Randy:

  • Problem solving

  • Likes to find solutions to problems

  • No mater how the problem is working he will work to find the solution

  • Achiever

  • Do as much as possible to accomplish things, get things done, and make progress

  • Individualization

  • Getting to know people on a personal level

  • Seeing everyone in the diverse Judson community

  • Hospitable

  • Empathetic

  • Nikki:

  • Detail oriented and organized

  • Developing plans and making sure that every student voice and idea is addressed

  • Creativity

  • Likes event planning; diverse events

  • Determined and disciplined

  • The liaison between student voices and faculty as a whiole

  • Wants everyones voices to be heard

  • Hospitable

  • Empathetic

  • Sebby:

  • Positivity

  • Always upbeat

  • Included

  • Wants to make sure everyone is there and will do his best to reach out if they are not

  • Reliablity

  • Responsible

  • Hard worker

  • Good listener

  • Listening and helping friends

  • Hospitable

  • Empathetic

  • What is your vision for 2020-2012 JSO?

  • Randy:

  • Philosophy in leadership: don't fix it if it's not broken

  • JSO has had a lot of great events

  • It has fostered a united atmosphere

  • Unity, Community, Opportunity

  • There is some division within the community

  • Wants to create a friendly atmosphere where students can thrive and shape the world even after Judson

  • Wants everyone to be heard

  • Feedback is a great tool

  • Wants to hear from the students and implement changes for a more positive atmosphere

  • Nikki:

  • Better implement community outreach in the Elgin area with different churches, organizations, etc.

  • Incorporate more local missionary/volunteer work

  • More partnerships with other groups on campus

  • Voicing their opinions and collaborating on events

  • Sebby:

  • Wants to unite athletic teams with the student body and other student groups

  • More partnership between JSO and athletic teams

  • Having events featuring the athletic team

  • Greater unity with the student body and JSO

  • Encourage potential JSO team to seek out new people and talk to them

  • What is your plan to make that vision a reality?

  • ​Randy:

  • Keep what's good

  • Not changing JSO completely

  • Past teams have set a great president

  • Change form of communication

  • Open up channels where each and every student group can share their thoughts on what's going on

  • Wants to make a difference

  • Nikki:

  • Three branches

  • Marketing does a great job with marketing events

  • Wants to add some more positions to amp it up

  • Advocacy branch

  • There is a lack of support from professors

  • Developing the positions and specifically stating what they entail

  • Social branch is doing well

  • Student feedback is important

  • Wants to hear from students more and provide opportunities for students voices to be heard

  • Fostering and keeping connections

  • Sebby: See question below

  • What sets you apart from the other candidates?

  • ​Randy:

  • Loves to listen and take in feedback

  • Talking to everyone and hear their ideas and vision for what they want Judson to look like in the future

  • Wants to see everyone contribute to the community

  • Nikki:

  • Experience on JSO

  • Has seen how each branch functions

  • Has talked with all of the current executive team members

  • Has learned what goes on, what they want their legacy to be, etc

  • Has a drive and a passion

  • Goal = Gets done

  • Wants to see change happen

  • Has been both commuter and traditional student

  • As a commuter she understands the daily struggles of being a commuter

  • Sebby:

  • Is personable and friendly

  • Getting to hear from students and knowing their personal stories

  • He wants to see people succeed

  • What events have you guys personally thrown on campus that the students have access to?

  • Nikki

  • Commuter events

  • Getting student deals from local places

  • Catering food for events

  • Sophomore year

  • Went to a lot of the events

  • Helped set up

  • Town Halls

  • Randy

  • Most deals with what happens afterwards

  • Hasn't had the opportunity to help with events yet

  • Sebby

  • Hasn't had the opportunity to help with events yet

  • But encourages students to come to the events

  • What are your plans for incorporating multi-major events?

  • Sebby

  • It all starts with fostering a great sense of community

  • Randy

  • Fostering community

  • Advocacy branch and advocates working with the majors and each other to advocate for each other

  • Fostering advocacy for all majors and athletes

  • Nikki

  • Putting out events that are all encompassing and diverse

  • Different partnerships

  • Maybe having an appointed position

  • Social branch could help with this

  • What are your values as you search for a new team?

  • Nikki

  • Having people who are very passionate and have a heart for service

  • People who are willing to come out of their shell and reach out

  • Diversity within the team

  • Randy

  • Having a lot of people who are passionate about making a difference and using their strengths and gifts

  • Loves to get to know each person and know where they would fit in within a team

  • There is a lot of great people here at Judson

  • Sebby

  • It's important to have variety amongst the group

  • What would community outreach look like?

  • Nikki

  • Looking at different organizations and opportunities for students to be a part of

  • Anything community oriented

  • Randy

  • It takes a great team to really make a difference

  • Wants to focus inwardly and then focus outwardly

  • Beginning with a solid foundation is important

  • Sebby

  • Having more events in the greater Elgin community

  • Having a team with hearts to serve the people

  • How have you seen yourself create and foster relationships with staff and faculty?

  • Sebby

  • Has been able to keep and build current relationships with students and faculty as a student leader and advocate

  • Randy

  • Brining what the students want and need to the faculty and staff

  • Being the bridge

  • Nikki

  • Has had the opportunity to sit in on staff and faculty meetings and act as a voice for change during those meetings

  • Has talked to a wide variety of staff and faculty

  • What leadership skills do you have to carry out the vision?

  • Nikki

  • Patience

  • Wants to get to know students; know their concerns positive and negative

  • Responsibility

  • Addresses things in a professional and timely way

  • Positivity

  • Passion, drive, and heart

  • Randy

  • Leading a team and facilitating change as a leader and friend

  • Inspire the team to do good work and do what they love to do

  • Sebby

  • Being able to be seen as a friend and help out in any way possible

  • Having good communication

  • Whats the best part about JSO

  • Sebby

  • Team bonding

  • Doing life with each other

  • Randy

  • It's a great opportunity to work alongside really great peers in making a difference that is seen throughout all of campus

  • Nikki

  • The people that encompass and impact JSO

  • Seeing all the different talents and goals coming together to make a difference

  • Are you open to making positions for athletes that are less time consuming

  • ​Nikki

  • Yes. Wants to create advocacy positions for athletes to participate in

  • Randy

  • Yes. He wants to incorporate athletes within the community more

  • Has talked with athletes about their experiences with community and being an athlete

  • Wants to get more feedback and ideas

  • Sebby

  • Yes. Is open to creating a part time position within JSO

  • What is the largest obstacle?

  • ​Sebby

  • Trials and set backs

  • It is ​important to work through them as a team

  • Randy

  • Time factor

  • It's important to set priorities

  • Creating a team that utilizes their strengths to become a unified more efficient team

  • Nikki

  • Purpose and communication in how you respond to adversity

  • Remember who you're doing it for and why you're doing

  • Making sure everyone feels welcome and that their voice can be heard

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