AUArts Students’ Association supports the growth of an empowered and creative community. Become a leader and represent your fellow students.
AUArts Students’ Association elections take place between February-March of every academic year, with By-Elections taking place in between September-October. Everything you need to run for a position will be available here during nomination periods.
Want to know more about our elected leadership?
Students’ Association Election News
The Alberta Election has been called for April 16.
It is time to get informed on the issues, candidates, and parties before we vote!
Step 1: Know the parties and their platforms
Every constituency will have multiple candidates from different parties. Each party will have different priorities and plans for the future. Get to know the parties and the candidates to see which ones best reflect your values. An voting uninformed is like walking into a test without studying.
Below are links to the main parties running, be sure to know all the parties running in your riding:
There are more parties running! Get informed about the candidates running in your riding!
Step 2: Know your ridings voting station:
Each constituency will have designated polling stations for voting. On Election Day you can vote at your designated polling station. You can find out which constituency you live in, where your polling station is, who are the registered candidates are, information on Advanced Polls, and more at www.elections.ab.ca/
If you’re studying away from home within Alberta, you’ll need to vote in the ADVANCED POLL. Please note – you can only vote on voting day in your own riding! Make sure you’re prepared – more info for students living away from home here.
Step 3: GO OUT AND VOTE!
To vote you’ll need to bring one piece of government-issued ID with your photo, your name, and current address (like your driver’s licence) OR two pieces of authorized ID (both must have your name, one must have your current address – like your lease agreement or utility bill). More info on the ID you’ll need here.
Go to your local polling station, tell the people there you would like to vote and they will confirm your name is on the list. If you haven’t registered yet you can do so in person then.
They shall provide a ballot and direct you to the voting area where you can mark your ballot in secret. After you will place your marked ballot into the ballot box. Next, go out and brag about how you voted.
For more elections information visit www.elections.ab.ca
AUArts Library Events
- April 9 – April 16 – Get help finding out more information
- We’ll have a dedicated computer set up in the Library to help you to find out information about this upcoming election, and our Library team can help you determine who the candidates are in your riding, what you need to bring to the polling stations in order to vote, and where you can vote in advanced polls and on election day.
- April 9 – April 12 at 1:15pm – Get Your (early) Vote On walk from the Library to SAIT
- Everyday at 1:15pm someone from the library team will lead anyone interested in early voting on a walking trip from the library to the advanced polling station in the SAIT Trojan Boardroom (across from the Gateway). Anyone participating in the walk will receive a cookie from the library to fortify themselves for the trip.
Congratulations to all the successful candidates! The election ballots have been counted and AUArts Students’ Association is very excited to welcome our new leadership! Our new representatives for the 2019/2020 academic year are…
Vice-President External Relations, Executive Committee
Vice-President Academic Affairs, Executive Committee
Vice-President Student Life, Executive Committee
Ceramics Representative, Student Leadership Council
Character Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
Graphic Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
Jewelry + Metals Representative, Student Leadership Council
Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative, Student Leadership Council
MFA Representative, Student Leadership Council
Print Media Representative, Student Leadership Council
General Faculties Council (GFC) Student Representative
Yuan Yin Bobby
Board of Governors (BoG) Student Representative
Thank you to everyone who participated! If your department still lacks representation, there will be a by-election in September to fill any empty positions!
Also, don’t forget about the last two Student Open Forums next week. AUArts SA is your official voice on campus and we want to advocate for ALL students! Please join us at one of our student open forums to share with us your concerns, your wants and your wildest wishes for life at AUArts. Help us advocate for YOU. March 27 at 1pm in room #520: VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS and March 28 at 1pm in room #530: CRAFT AND EMERGING MEDIA STUDENTS.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association
Hey ACAD Students!
VOTE in the 2019/2020 SA Elections! A list of candidates and their platform statements can be found on the AUArts SA/ACADSA website (www.acadsa.ca/elections).
Voting takes place on March 20th + 21th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year.
Come Work With Us!
Our campus is always evolving at the Alberta University of the Arts, and here you’ll find yourself surrounded by the connoisseurs of Calgary’s contemporary culture. At the AUArts Students’ Association you’ll be working with a group of innovative, quirky, passionate, and hard-working creatives committed to providing AUArts’ student body with unique opportunities to enhance their sense of well-being, develop their professional skills, and establish a strong presence in the culture of the institution. Together, we continuously find ways to build on the strengths of our programs, boost our support services, and advocate for an exceptional student experience.
Be on the pulse of Calgary’s creative community and work with Alberta’s up and coming cultural innovators!
The Polling Clerk is responsible for overseeing the voting procedures and counting the ballots during all elections and referenda periods.
The Polling Clerk contributes to the organization by fulfilling the following objectives:
- Complying with elections policies and procedures
- Attend the campaign regulations meeting
- Arrive at the polling station a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes before the polls open to receive the ballots
- Ensuring that all electors are treated impartially and with respect
- Present ballots to students who are on the official voting list, and strike their name upon presentation of the ballot
- Ensure no unauthorized person enters the polling station
- Ensure the ballot boxes are not left unattended
- Maintaining the secrecy of all ballots
- Count the ballots as instructed by the Elections Officer
- Record the number of votes for each candidate, and tabulate the totals
- Complete a recount of ballots if required
- Destroy ballots upon the request of the Elections Officer after the election has concluded
- Temporary casual position on campus
- Pay rate of $15.00/hour
- Available shifts:
- March 20 | 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm (2 shifts)
- March 21 | 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (2 shifts)
If we’ve caught your eye and you’d like to apply for this position please send a letter of interest that helps us get to know you better, please also ensure you specify which shifts you’re applying for and why you think you’d be a good fit for our team.
Applications can be sent to:
Director of Advocacy and Representation
*Subject Line: Polling Clerk Application
The AUArts Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Hey AUArts SA members,
Here are your candidates for the 2019/2020 AUArts SA Elections. If you would like more information on these candidates, you can look at their platform statements below and you can meet them at the Campaign Forum (aka Candidate Meet & Greet) on Monday, March 18th (1-2 PM) in the cafeteria.
Voting takes place on March 20th + 21st. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year. For more information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections.
As there’s only ONE candidate running for each position, come March 20-21, you’ll have the option to vote “Yes” or “No” in regards to their position. What does that mean? “Yes” = Yes, I WANT this candidate to represent me. “No” = No, I DO NOT WANT this candidate to represent me.
Remaining available positions will be eligible for candidates in the 2019/20 by-election which takes place in September 2019.
If you have any questions please email the official elections officer at email@example.com.
For more information about the various positions visit www.acadsa.ca/elections. Meet and greet the candidates at the Campaign Forum (aka Candidate Meet & Greet) on Monday, March 18 (between 1-2PM) in the AUArts Cafeteria.
One would be a better understanding of the Academic Accommodations process. What does an accommodation provide for you, how do they work, how can you get one? Speaking from experience, the process was difficult and not immediately understandable. While there might be issues within the policies and requirements themselves, what stands out to me is the lack of knowledge surrounding accommodations within the student body. The need here first is to create a better understanding and transparency surrounding this process.
There are certain bureaucratic tendencies within the association which could be streamlined as well. In the past year, there have been issues with funding for student groups, largely connected to a greater difficulty to get funding and a lack of transparency. I’ve heard complaints about difficulty in renting out the bar for student functions as well. Some of these requirements in place are necessary, but some aren’t. Streamlining these processes, and creating an understanding for why certain policies are in place, would benefit the student body and help in creating a greater sense of community.
I have a strong belief in the importance of unions, and the strength within a union when advocating for a larger cause. With this idea of advocacy in mind, it’s important for the Student’s Association to make policies and guidelines clear and transparent, so that when help is needed, students know where to go and what we can do for them.
Student Leadership Council
School of Craft + Emerging Media
I’ve been able to Develop some ideas with in ceramic and I had a chance to participate in NCECA conversation and represent our department and our school in Pittsburgh as well as had chance to meet a lot of people with the same passion for education and art.
As a Student Ambassador, I had chance to be our University representative in here as well as in a High school and that was an amazing experience.
As a person who studied in 3 college and universities, I am able to recognize and highlights the capacities and benefits that our school has and they are all unique and remarkable.
My goal is to be an active member of my own community and express my passion for my major and my school in new creative way.
I am really visual and a complete right brainer who can inspire the other visual artist and non artist like left brainers to pay attention to our world and introduces the possibilities in teamwork’s and importance of Art and creativity in our life.
I think I can represent the department, and I’d like to put in work to revitalize the jewellery + metals student group.
As I move into my 4th year at AUarts, I have begun to realize the importance of community and facilitating that. As a MADT major and print minor, I have experienced that some of the smaller departments are less involved in the larger community. Currently working in the Media Arts Student Association as the 3rd year representative, it has provided me with the experience that would be necessary for this role. My skills include strong communication, critical decision making, and creative problem-solving. Conducting workshops and organizing events is something I have had extensive practice in and outside of AUarts. I would like to listen to what smaller departments have to offer to the AUarts community and find solutions to best implement them. My goal is to increase engagement between departments, as well as help promote the needs and wants of departments like Media Arts.
School of Critical + Creative Studies
I promise to advocate on behalf of my fellow graduate students on issues and policy pertaining to their studies and engagement with the institution. In representing these various voices and needs I will grow the graduate program to international status and increase enrolments in our higher education programs. I will do this by bridging the gap between graduate and undergraduate studies, showcasing the benefits of academia and pushing students to explore the possibilities that come from continued education. This branching comes as a benefit to the graduate program as it will increase the resources our students have available to them and create a unified network amongst our student body.
Being from Ontario, I hope to bring different insights to our facility and be a touchstone for students studying abroad.
School of Communications Design
I’m running for the VCD Character Design Representative position. I’m a second year character design student going into my third year next term, and I am passionate about advocating for the design department and students. I am currently training to take over as treasurer for the AUArts SA Buttoneers, which is a club geared at de-stressing and mingling between the departments and years. My goal, if elected, is to encourage more communication with the rest of the university. I think that as creators, we should work together in order to benefit everyone. That being said, I believe that students should have more flexibility in their chosen paths, and I intend to advocate for students to have more freedom in course selection. Thank you for your consideration!
In the last year my main goal has been not only learning to find that place of belonging in my own major of Graphic Design, but to also grow into to other opportunities outside of my initial major that I had been too afraid of in the past (i.e. minoring in Illustration, participating in the HEAR/D Residency, running the Pop-Up Thrift Shop fundraiser, and being a student volunteer for the VCD Second-Year Orientation). Growing into these other opportunities has allowed me to hear points of view that I wouldn’t have had the chance to consider in the past, and has made me be able to see the bigger picture of AUArts. Through this, I feel as if I can now be someone who can help grow the connection between VCD and the rest of the school and advocate for the things that are most important for Graphic Design students.
I know how isolated it can get up on the 5th floor, and my main initiative is to open up dialogue between the VCD program and the rest of the school. Sometimes the boundaries between majors can feel too large that VCD students may not know where to even begin to ask questions or how to include themselves, and I want to be someone who can help to make Graphic Design majors feel like they are just as big of a part of AUArts as any major in this school is.
School of Visual Arts
Printmaking can be both challenging and rewarding. I have found that whenever I have printing problems, I’ve always been helped by faculty and students around me. People in the department are very supportive. I would love to foster this positive learning environment for others. I will do my best at assisting students by being the voice for our majors and minors, gathering and contributing ideas for our community, taking these concerns to the student association so they can advocate for us, and hopefully make Print Media Department a more intriguing place to study in.
Right now as part of GSSC (Graduate Studies Standing Committees) and President Student Advisory Council, I am blessed to receive those related firsthand information even some of them won’t be put into action right now but still, there’s nothing wrong to prepare for the future.
If I get the position of Board of Governors (BOG) Student Representative, I will push the connections between grad studies and undergrad studies. Helping undergrads gaining a overview of their future career. Also I will work on updating all kinds of info instantly which offer a huge info stage to the students.
Voting takes place on March 20th + 21st. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year.
The deadline for AUArts Students’ Association Election Nominations has been extended for a few more days for positions that have received no candidate nominations. We have 2 positions with no candidates for our Executive Committee and 15 positions with no candidates for our Student Leadership Council. Benefits: add valuable experience to your resume/CV, become more involved in the AUArts community, get paid! Are you interested in running? For the election nomination package and more details please visit www.auarts-sa.ca/elections.
The President is the recognizable leader and representative of the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArts SA). The President acts as the liaison between the student body and the Executive Committee and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the Association is working towards accomplishing the goals and objectives as set out in the strategic plan.
Key Areas of Focus
- Human Resources
Vice-President Student Life
The Vice-President of Student Life develops the culture of the AUArts community by advocating for quality student experience and encourages student engagement with campus programming initiatives.
Key Areas of Focus
- Internal Relationships
- Student Experience
- Event Planning
STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
The Student Leadership Council Representative serves their department area by acting as a voting member of the AUArts Students’ Association governing Board.
Key Areas of Focus
- Institutional Development
- Student Voice
- Campus Engagement
- Ceramics Representative
- Fibre Representative
- Glass Representative
- Jewelry + Metals Representative
- Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative
- BFA General Studies Representative
- (2) First Year Studies Representative
- International Students Representative
- Advertising Representative
- Illustration Representative
- Photography Representative
- Drawing Representative
- Painting Representative
- Sculpture Representative
General Faculties Council (GFC) Student Representative
|Second Nomination Period: Election package/nominations due||March 11 no later than 2:00pm|
|Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet||March 18 at 1:00pm|
|Voting Days||March 20-21|
|Winners announced||March 22|
|Last day to inquire for ballot recount||March 27|
How to Run in the Election:
- Read through + Familiarize yourself with the job description of your intended position, Election Policies, and Bylaws (available at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections)
- Print, fill out, secure signatures + hand in election documentation to the AUArts SA office, which includes $20 returnable campaign bond, unofficial transcript (not applicable for first year students), campaign platform statement, and signed election nomination form (available at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections or in the SA Office)
- Acknowledge campaign regulations, by contacting the official elections officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend the Campaign Forum/ Candidate Meet & Greet
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association