Student Government Officers
Major: Paralegal Studies
I’d like to start by telling you a little bit about myself, and then branch off into the ideas I have for Stark State. My name is Scott Schrader, and I’m running for the position of president of the student government. I’m a paralegal studies major here, and I’ve been a full-time student since 2008. After switching my major several times, I’ve found the paralegal studies major to be the best one for me. In the future, I’d like to transition my experiences as a paralegal into law school, and eventually a career as a prosecutor. As far as leadership experience, I was the president and founder of the LGBT group on campus, LGBTS Global. I strongly believe in the opportunities that equality affords for everyone – on campus and off.
Off campus, I am the night shift supervisor at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. This job has taught me so many important things! It’s taught me that compassion and patience are some of the most important virtues to possess, and that there is always more than one way to look at and solve a problem. I feel that these experiences would be very beneficial to the student body if I were elected president.
As I see it, Stark State has a few deficiencies that I’d like to see addressed – firstly, parking. The parking situation for a community college must be improved. I cannot tell you how many days I’ve circled the parking lot, searching for the ever-elusive parking spot. I’ve heard many on campus say “You think the parking situation here is bad, you should try parking at the University of Akron, or Kent State University.” There is a fundamental difference here, though; Stark State is a community college. It has the small college atmosphere that everyone enjoys, whether you are stopping with your Associate’s or transferring the credits earned here to another college. As an expanding community college, it’s important to build more classrooms. But what good is building new classrooms if there isn’t enough parking to accommodate this new growth?
The next thing I’d like to see addressed is the lack of entertainment for students on campus. Stark State is a quality college, no doubt about that, but it would be nice for the student body to have a place to go to unwind. I would like to suggest that we dedicate a few areas for students to have fun – add some pool tables, start some video game tournaments, or build a student fitness center.
Part of the educational process is allowing the students an outlet to get to know each other in a fun environment. Such changes would give a great boost to student morale, while costing the college very little money. It’s a common sense decision that will be greatly welcomed by the student body as a whole.
Major: Criminal Justice-Corrections
Chief Executive, Law Enforcement (Co-President) for the Criminal Justice Student Association
Treasurer for the Woman of Color Group
Member of the Native American Indian Organization (NAIO)
I am currently a full-time student, working hard to finish my degree(s). I spend a lot of my time working on homework, and working with the student organizations I am a part of. My mother and grandfather are my biggest supporters. They cheer me on with every new thing I try. I have such an awesome support group behind me and I hope to be an awesome support group for the students and help them all in any way I can.
The first goal as your vice president is to ensure our students we do care about what happens around the campus and make sure the right people are listening to each and every one of you. We need to make sure some issues are addressed about how you feel about how the school is being run. I want to help create some real student ID badges. With all the issues going on in today’s crazy world I would like us to have some ID badges that could help us. We need IDs to go to the testing centers for math and other classes. Not everyone carries their driver’s license, so a student ID would come in handy. I want to work hard to make this happen.
I am a student here at Stark State as well; I plan on helping fight for everyone’s voices to be heard. My second goal would be to help get the shuttle bus straightened out for everyone and make sure it is user friendly. I ride the shuttle and I always hear the same complaints. I would like to work hard to make sure they can be resolved and push for better ways. One student expressed to me they are unable to step up in the higher vans. I want to work harder to make sure all students can have something user friendly.
Last but not least, I want our students to feel inspired to be a part of Stark State. I would like to have students who have been at the college longer meet with new students and mentor them. I know when I first started at Stark State, I was so lost and confused. I had no friends and no idea what I was walking into. I would like to find students currently enrolled in the same degree fields to help new students so they do not feel overwhelmed and can have someone else to talk to other than their advisors, which some people might not even know who that would be.
Major: Accounting - CPA Option
LGBTS Global - Secretary
IMA Club - Member
I am currently an International Student from Canada completing my associate’s degree in Accounting, seeking to then earn the CPA designation.
My past work experience includes an Assistant Manager role at McDonald's and my role as Store Manager at KELCOM, a telecommunications company located in Windsor, Ontario.
I have also worked as a volunteer for the Essex Federal Liberal Association in Ontario in which I was the financial agent. During the most recent federal election, I was also the Campaign Manager for our local candidate.
I possess the patience, knowledge, and precision it takes to produce quality financial statements for making sound financial and business decisions. In my role as Financial Agent for the EFLA, I consistently met tight deadlines while also abiding by detailed reporting requirements mandated by Elections Canada, a federal agency.
In my commercial business management experience at McDonald's and KELCOM, I used logic and instinct to make timely decisions, never surmounting to the tremendous pressure faced in a consumer-oriented environment. My experience in managing and mobilizing a team to achieve a common goal will certainly be put to good use working with the Student Government Association team in our mutual goal to achieve great success for our students.
Together, we can build an even more involved SGA. Working together we can create the most active and recognized organization on campus as we expand our event offerings and offer relationships with students of all walks of life, in all majors and throughout all of Stark State campuses.
SGA is here to build lasting experiences that lend students in their quest for individual career success. Stark State's SGA will work as a resource and partner for other businesses, colleges, and universities in the area. We will help shape Stark State College as it continues to become a recognized economic force in our area.
This action will rely greatly on proper management of financial tools and resources, and as Treasurer, my work will aide SGA's President, Vice-President, and all students in making the decisions we need to make in order to achieve our great vision for Stark State College and the career success of each of its students.
I believe that with an open-door policy, SGA is to become one of the most available and dynamic clubs at Stark State. Because, after all, without the voice of our fellow students, there can be no vision and there can be no SGA. Using both traditional and digital means we will build an organization where every opinion can be voiced and heard.
The key to representing our fellow students is to communicate with our fellow students. I'm proud to serve SGA as a member as we help lead our fellow students in our individual quests for career success.
Major: International Business
2011-12 Vice President of SGA
Management at Tilted Kilt
Married to Kaitlin Hughes and we have one Kid. Lil Choosie
I would like to continue all the hard work we have started from the 2011-2012 school year. I would like the SGA to grow into a school-wide organization that many students take part in, for the better good of Stark State.