Michael Lotspeich – Candidate President
Hello fellow Prairie Stars! My name is Michael Lotspeich; I am here at UIS pursuing a Bachelors of Arts with the CSHP [...] [and majoring in] Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I want to run for SGA President because I know that UIS is not just my home, but also our home. Together, our welcoming community can celebrate our differences and develop innovative student affairs practices! (:
You should think of me as the ideal candidate because of my drive and spirited energy to facilitate the growth of every student here at UIS (I am a cheerleader; I am always LOADED WITH ENERGY!!!). I have a strong working relationship with major campus administrators and chaired the very-successful Administrative Affairs Committee. I have established a working round table between major campus departments to create ‘innovative’ parking solutions, pushed for twenty-three new international country flags in the Public Affairs Center, and served on the Illinois Board of Higher Education- SAC (among many other accomplishments).
This coming term, if elected, I hope to guide the SGA to pursue student-developed solutions instead of just calling light to problems. Using my knowledge from working with the Illinois State Board of Education and US DOE, I hope to improve the functioning of student leadership and governance processes. I will push for support and student involvement in the developing of the new student union, creating ties with the UIUC/UIC student governments, and establishing a liaison between SGA/SOFA/SAC <-> RSOs by redefining the ‘at-large’ senator positions to work with student organizations and bring their concerns to light.
I am so glad I had the chance to work with the campus community this past year on SGA, and I wish all running for positions the best of luck! For more information, check out http://thinklotspeich.tumblr.com