SA Candidate Q&A

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Kenneth Bautista 

What inspired you to run for president? The ability to make a difference and the people who have supported me inspired me to run for president. I am passionate about being the voice for students on campus and empowering the entrepreneurial side of our school. I am forever grateful for the support of amazing friends and family who believed that I could run.

What changes do you want to make? My goal is to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of Southern. There are many entrepreneurs on our campus, and I want to help them achieve their goals. I want to create an official Southern mascot. This playful addition can enhance school spirit by attending intramural games, school-wide events and giveaways.

What kind of leader do you hope to become? I hope to become a supportive leader by treating students with respect and ensuring they feel heard through this time of uncertainty.

What kind of spiritual activities do you hope to implement? I believe that spirituality is a key part of college life at Southern. This past year, I aided Student Association (SA) Senators Lauren Lapham, Jomari Villoso and Sarah Manuel in supplying the Office of Ministry and Missions (OMM) with 103 Bibles for students on campus. I want to grow the connection between SA and OMM to find ways to support their ministry.

Why should students vote for you? This past year, I have had the privilege to lead the SA Senate. So far, we have spent the most on student projects in recent history ($12,477.03), provided a fund for student entrepreneurs and championed the road behind Southern Village. I have advocated for students in the past, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf in the future.

Htet Myint 

What inspired you to run for executive vice president? Honestly, Kenneth Bautista inspired me to run for executive vice president. I have had the privilege of working under Kenneth in the SA Senate and have admired his work ethic and his drive to make Southern a better place. 

What changes do you want to make? Some changes I hope to implement are providing Southern students with more opportunities to use their skills and gifts to serve others. This is embodied by my vision for having two 423 Night Markets, with one having more emphasis on philanthropy. 

What kind of leader do you hope to become? I hope to become a leader that serves. I believe that the most effective form of leadership is servant leadership. 

What kind of spiritual activities do you hope to implement? Something that I believe Southern has a need for is providing students with more platforms to share their testimonies. Sharing our experiences with Christ not only inspires those around us but can serve to allow us to express our religion. Furthermore, I believe as a Christian campus, we should encourage accountability amongst ourselves. I would love to work with administration and my peers in brainstorming ways we can allow students to feel safer, enabling students to overcome trials that they may be facing. 

Why should students vote for you? 

Students should vote for me because I will put them first. 

Lilly Jorgensen 

What inspired you to run for social vice president? The decision to run for social vice president was God’s. I have a strong desire to help those around me, and I know this platform will give me the opportunity. I had faith that if God wanted me to run for this position, he would move mountains for me.

What changes do you want to make? I am planning events to serve the students and community in exciting ways. I will create fun and welcoming events to encourage meaningful connections and lasting friendships. My focus will be on improving student life, community outreach and spiritual growth.

What kind of leader do you hope to become? The best leaders are those who lead by example. Through my example, I want to challenge you to improve our university and community, but most importantly to guide you to the ultimate leader, Jesus.

What kind of spiritual activities do you hope to implement? I am planning to create several outreach events. Some of our best spiritual growth happens when we do outreach and service for others. I envision Christmas caroling at nursing homes and children’s hospitals. I also have in mind community service events for our local homeless people, refugee organizations and animal shelters.

Why should students vote for you? I value doing a job with excellence. As a leader, I want to hear your ideas and challenge each of you through my example to build positive relationships with each other and our community, as well as building a lifelong relationship with God. If given the opportunity, as social vice president, I will be fully committed to giving you the best experience possible.

Erla Trevedan 

What inspired you to run for social vice president? I am currently a part of the Student Association (SA) as executive secretary; and this year, I have gotten front row seats to see what the social vice president does. Not only that, but I am currently planning an SA banquet alongside another SA member, and I realized how fun this process is. All these things, along with praying for God’s guidance in this decision, is what inspired me.  

What changes do you want to make? I want to potentially start a Southern Guinness World Record and hold an event where students compete to get their name included. This is something that another Adventist university has, and it is something that I think would stick well here at Southern.  

What kind of leader do you hope to become? I want to become a leader that is constantly growing and learning. Someone who isn’t afraid to take feedback and criticism. A leader who is guided by God.  

What kind of spiritual activities do you hope to implement? An idea that I have is potentially having a concert with some sort of Christian artist. However, I am open to any suggestions as well.  

Why should students vote for you? I truly have the students’ best interest at heart. I want to ensure that they enjoy and look forward to SA social events and that they create memories that’ll last a lifetime. I am also qualified and have the experience needed for this position because I have seen first-hand how to plan these events.   

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