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ACADSA Election Package

It’s time for elections to start up, and here is everything you need to run for a position.

Important Dates:

For 2017/18 Term

Mar. 3
Notice of Elections

Mar. 14
Nomination forms sent out

Mar. 21 @ 4:00pm
Nomination forms DUE

March 21 @ 5:00pm
Mandatory campaign regulations meeting

Mar. 22
Campaigning begins

Voting days: April 4, 5, & 6

Winners announced once polls are closed on April 6

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Available Positions:

For 2017/18 Term

Click position title to view job description

Executive Committee
(May 2017-April 2018: 20-25 hrs per week)
Pay Rate: $2000/month

Student Leadership Council
(September 2017-April 2018: approx. 15 hrs per month)
Pay Rate: $50/SLC Meeting

 

INTERESTED IN RUNNING?

  1. Read through the Available Position Job Descriptions (see above), Election Polices and Procedures, and Code of Conduct + Conflict of Interest documents.
  2. Print, fill in, and get signatures on the Nomination Form.
  3. Write a campaign statement (max 300 words)
    • SUGGESTED COMPONENTS:
    • Description of interest in specific position
    • Expertise related to specific position
    • History of leadership experiences
    • Initiatives or goals you would advance
  4. Email copy of campaign statement to Elections Officer. (president.acadsa@acad.ca)
  5. Print Unofficial Transcript from Webservice or ACAD Registrars Office. (not required for first year students)
  6. Hand in election documentation (unofficial transcript, signed nomination form, printed copy of campaign statement) and $20 returnable bond at the ACADSA Office.
  7. Attend the Campaign Regulations Meeting. (March 21 @ 5:00)
  8. Campaign! (all posters need to be stamped for approval by ACADSA)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE ACADSA OFFICE OR EMAIL ELECTIONS OFFICER AT president.acadsa@acad.ca.

ACADSA Election News

604, 2017

ACADSA Election Results for 2017/18 Term

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Good evening everyone,

I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ACADSA Election for the incoming Student Leadership Council representatives + the Executive Committee! Congratulations to the following students:

Student Leadership Council
Drawing: Amy Hein
Fibre: Morgan Lencucha
International Student: Megan Brown
Print Media: Kellen Spencer
Sculpture: Justine Sawicz

Executive Committee
Director of Advocacy + Governance: Dalyce Bryant
Director of Community + Cultural Affairs: Ben Moon
Director of Leadership + Governance: Camille Porcheron

Welcome to the team!

You may notice that there are many positions that remain vacant, and I encourage you to consider participating in the next election in the fall. This year we decided to change our board structure to include representation from all departments rather than schools, so if you don’t see your department listed it means nobody ran. ACADSA will send out communications in September regarding the election process at that time.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this election, and wish you the best of luck in the coming year. At this time I would also like to thank the current SLC + EC board members for all of their hard work this year. All of you are the reason ACADSA has been able to accomplish many wonderful things over the years, through your advocacy and leadership for the students at ACAD. The outgoing and new incoming ACADSA team have and will continue to leave behind a legacy of passion, strength, and perseverance, in order to make this community flourish.

Once again congratulations and if anyone has questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best,

lisa ray-anne sudeikat
President
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
president.acadsa@acad.ca

404, 2017

VOTE IN THE ACADSA ELECTIONS 2017/18

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Good morning everyone,

Don’t forget to stop by the main mall near the ACADSA office to cast your vote for your new 2017-2018 student representatives.

We have printed their campaign statements for you to read so that you can make an informed decision about who you would like to represent your department in the Student Leadership Council + Executive Committee!

The voting booths are open from 8:30AM to 5:30PM April 4th, 5th, and 6th and we will announce the winners in the evening after counting the ballots.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Cheers,

lisa ray-anne sudeikat
President
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
president.acadsa@acad.ca

3003, 2017

Campaign Statements for 2017/18 ACADSA Election

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CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS

I am interested in the Director of Leadership and Governance position on ACADSA during the coming year. I already hold a position on ACADSA’s Executive Council as the VP Academic, and of the current EC I am the only student not graduating this year. With my one year of experience on the EC and my two years of experience as Craft and Emerging Media representative on the SLC I am confident that I have plenty of experience and job specific knowledge to continue being a great student government representative. My goals for the next year are communication, transparency, advocacy, and educating students about their rights and the processes already in place that students can utilize. These are all subjects we have been craving and sorely lacking in recent years, ACADSA has been working to resolve them this year and I look forward to carrying that torch forward into next year.

CONTACT camille.porcheron@acad.ca

I’ve been a part of the Student Legislative Counsel for two years, starting as the First Year Studies representative in 2015/16, and then as the Visual Arts representative in 2016/17.  This has provided me with a knowledge, history, and timeline of events pertaining to the school, and I feel this will be an asset to the Student Association in the upcoming year. I’ve been very vocal about student concerns during my two years at ACAD, and have advocated for better communication between those who run ACAD and those who attend it. Within the position of Director of Cultural and Community Affairs I would like to continue that advocacy and implement new avenues to properly communicate information to my fellow students.

Regarding community, I have done my best to shadow our current VP of Community and learn as much from her as I can. I want this school to be as fun as it can possibly be. I feel that ACAD should seek to balance our education with recreation, and I would like the opportunity to bring my ideas forward in order to make the school, quite simply, more colorful and more fun than it currently is. If elected for the Director of Culture and Community Affairs, you can expect me to work with the very same diligence that I have as an SLC member over the last two years.

CONTACT bennett.mooney@acad.ca

Good day ACADSA my name is Gizelle Nelson and along with my nomination form I am completing this platform statement to voice my interest in the available position of Director of Cultural and Community Affairs. If I am elected to this position there are three main issues that I would like to change or improve on, these being; the lack of participation of students in ACAD/ ACADSA held events, creating a better system of exchange of student tuition and U-passes and helping to create a school schedule that will benefit students and faculty.

As a student of ACAD I would like to do my part in making campus life at ACAD a memorable one, but to create memories students need to participate and see what the college has to offer, though I must confess that I too am guilty of little participation, but in knowing firsthand what plagues my inaction I will be able to better find solutions for what plagues’ a student’s inaction.

One such plague could be that of the campus schedule that students are currently faced with, the old time frame of 6 hours was replaced by 4.5 hours. A time frame that I have found on observation too difficult to provide adequate instruction, I would like in some small or big way to find a solution that works to the benefit of the ACAD community.

Better participation and a better schedule have both have been accounted for and both have been successfully initiated, but what happens if students are unable to make the smooth transition from home to school and back. I would strategically decide to walk from ACAD to Lions Park to avoid the possibility of bumping into transit officers. How many students have also made strategic plans on getting home or to school? I intend to find out.
A more active student body, a better school schedule and a way to travel to the opportunities that ACAD offers to all. These are the three main issues that I will address while in office along with the daily issues that prevent students from reaching they’re full potential. Thank you for your kind consideration and I look forward to working with you in the present and future.

With sincerest thanks

Gizelle Nelson

CONTACT gizelle.nelson@acad.ca

Over the last year I have had the pleasure and opportunity of representing the Craft and Emerging Media students within the student leadership council, and through this experience I have come to realize how important it is to have a strong voice to represent students on the academic counsel. Through this realization, it has become imperative for me to represent the student voice, especially during the rough growing pains happening within our institution. As Director of Advocacy and Representation, I will be able to contribute further efforts to represent our student body on more councils and become the voice for our students in a great time of need. Not only do I have experience serving on the SLC team, but I have strong administrative skills, professionalism as well as the knowledge necessary to sit on board meetings using Roberts Rules. My professional career prior to coming to ACAD has provided me with a diverse skill set, as well as the knowledge to succeed as a diligent ACADSA representative. Continuing into the 2017-2018 academic year, my goal is to represent the needs and wants of the students at ACAD, however I would also like to try and close the growing gap between students and administration. For changes that need to happen in our institution, it is crucial that our community works hard together to achieve our goals, keeping the needs of the student body as my number one priority.

CONTACT Dalyce.bryant@acad.ca

Over the last three years, I’ve often found myself at the school late into the night, talking and listening to classmates and thinking I should do more with the information I collect, and the issues I notice. Until now, however, I haven’t had any experience in student governance, but I know my skills and experience will make me a great fit for SLC Fibre Rep.

I’m a hard working student, and I come from a secretarial background which has laid a strong foundation of skills for me to create an organized structure in my own life, that would benefit to be utilized in a more public setting. I’m a very detail orientated note taker who’s competent and friendly. I’m a hard worker, and strive to make myself proud in whatever I take on.

Although I can come across shy at first, I really am a people person who enjoys interacting with, and voicing the concerns of others; especially those who likely wouldn’t speak up for themselves.
My goal, if elected as SLC Fibre Rep, is to bring a voice to a small, but strong community of hard working craft artists who often time feel overlooked in the overall student body of ACAD.

I strive to be knowledgeable and informed, and to communicate that message to my fellow students with transparency. I feel this will help create a healthy platform for communication between ACADSA, the student body and faculty.

Students are safe voicing their concerns to me, and I am confident I’ll be able to get their voices heard to those who have the fundaments for creating change.

CONTACT Morgan.lencucha@acad.ca

This will be my first year running for the SLC position of Sculpture Department Representative and I am excited to get more involved with the ecosystem of ACAD and ACADSA. I see this as both learning the processes and opportunities that ACADSA offers to support students within the ACAD community. As a student who has experienced first-hand help from other ACADSA students, I can only hope to pay it forward so to speak, and share insight and help to other students in our community. I have always valued community involvement and see this opportunity as a way of harnessing a deeper sense of community at ACAD.

 

As I am majoring in Sculpture, I am interested in representing and acting as a liaison for the Sculpture Department. Previously at Quest University, I assumed a leadership role within my first year as an art studio attendant. After organizing several artist-involved initiatives and life drawing sessions, I was quickly promoted to the Studio Co-coordinator in my second year. This role entailed a variety of responsibilities such as attending meetings regularly, organizing studio events (life drawing sessions and Let’s Get Sketchy life drawing events), managing, hiring staff, and administrative roles like responding to emails, scheduling staff and maintaining funding for the Arts Studio. At ACAD, I have worked both semesters as First Year Department Representative for the Show + Sale and intend on working the event again next year.

 

As I understand, the structure of the SLC has changed this year and the Sculpture department representative position is relatively new. So, I can’t speak closely to any particular goals or initiatives that I am interested in advancing, but I am eager to learn the processes and areas that require attention and growth democratically through listening, learning and relaying information gathered from my peers in the Sculpture department. Also, as this past year was my first year at ACAD, I feel that getting involved sooner in the SLC is an advantage for me as I am able to better learn the processes over the next few years that I will be studying at ACAD.

CONTACT Justine.Sawicz@acad.ca

I am running for the Student Leadership Council Drawing Representative position for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a current third year drawing major I have a direct connection to the drawing program and am eager to be a point of contact for the needs of the drawing students. Through engagement with students in the studios and undeclared drawing majors I will be the voice that serves the department in the ACADSA Governing Board. I am an enforcer, challenger, listener, positive thinker, and a diligent and assiduous leader.

In this position I will be taking responsibility for the issues and ideas brought up by drawing students to better our program and ACAD as a whole. I am excited to become an active role in the drawing and ACAD community.

CONTACT – Amy.Hein@acad.ca

In order for a community to succeed, solid representation has to occur. I believe that in order for the school to flourish and succeed, every platform within the school community needs to be equally represented. This needs to occur, because if one platform is not represented, the students become almost irrelevant. I believe that in any school, especially ACAD, the student’s grades reflects their program’s representation. The more their voices are heard, the better their learning outcomes will be. This is because their needs are being met, which needs to happen.

l believe I will be a great leader and representative of the students within the Photography program because I both understand the relevance and importance of the problems that occur, as well, I empathize with the students within the program, because ACAD’s teachings of photography are some of the best in Canada. I feel lucky to go to this school, and want my learning experience to be the best it can possibly be. By representing the students, I want to help make the their Photography experience within ACAD the best it can possibly be.

CONTACT Cathering.deller@acad.ca

Print Media is one of the smallest departments in the college, yet one of the few that currently offers a minor program to students. It has been great to see students taking advantage of this opportunity, and filling up the printmaking studios with activity and conversation.

Having had the chance to become familiar with the department during the past two years at ACAD, I feel I would be a suitable candidate to act as a liaison to my peers as the ACADSA Student Leadership Council Representative for Print Media. I really enjoy being able to ask for help from other students and to lend a hand whenever I can in the studios, but the opportunity to extend that support, and strengthen the communication of student’s interests and concerns within the college is one that I am thrilled to pursue.

It ls almost – if not already – the busiest time of the semester, but whether you’re swamped or not,   I encourage you to take the time between April 4 and 6th, to vote in the elections and show your support for your student representatives.

CONTACT Kellen.spencer@acad.ca

My name is Megan Brown and I think I would make a great addition to the Student Legislative Council as an International Student Representative. The position I held as a Visual Arts Representative during the 2016-17 year will inform how I handle the next year of student advocacy. During my time at ACAD I have become increasingly passionate about the quality of instruction students receive in the classroom. Tuition costs a lot of money, especially for international students who also usually have to afford living expenses with limitations on places and hours they can work. With the switch from the 6 hour to the 4.5, some instructors are struggling to come up with efficient lesson plans, while other just give very little instruction all semester long. Students often just take these instances as the way things are, but that is not so. Action can be taken and a syllabus is more than just a rough indication of the direction of the semester. They are contracts given to each student that instructors are supposed to follow and dismissing students after an hour of class everyday is also not teaching. My goal is to stand up to these injustices as well as provide support and information for those struggling in Canadian legislation. I have struggled a lot with navigating the waters of an international education and I believe I can truly represent the voice of the international and understand their struggles and need for information. I would love the opportunity to communicate with fellow aliens in this large city and work with individuals to support a successful future for those brave enough to travel to a new country and even continent for a dream career and education.

CONTACT Megan.brown@acad.ca

2203, 2017

Notice of Candidates for 2017/18 ACADSA Election

Good evening everyone!

I am pleased to announce the candidates for the upcoming ACADSA election. Keep an eye out for their campaign posters around the school and send them an email if you have any questions about their goals for the upcoming year before you cast your vote on April 4-6!

We will make their platform statements available to you via our website + will print them during the voting days so you can read through them while you cast your yes/no vote to ensure that the right person is representing your department! If you are still interested in running in the election, we will have a by-election for all remaining vacant positions in the fall.

Morgan Lencucha – Fibre Representative – Morgan.lencucha@acad.ca

Justine Sawicz – Sculpture Representative – Justine.Sawicz@acad.ca

Amy Hein – Drawing Representative – Amy.Hein@acad.ca

Catherine Deller – Photography Representative – Cathering.deller@acad.ca

Kellen Spencer – Print media Representative – Kellen.spencer@acad.ca

Megan Brown – International Student Representative – Megan.brown@acad.ca

Dalyce Bryant – Director of Advocacy + Representation – Dalyce.bryant@acad.ca

Camille Porcheron – Director of Leadership + Governance – Camille.porcheron@acad.ca

Ben Moon – Director of Community + Cultural Affairs – Bennett.mooney@acad.ca

Gizelle Nelson – Director of Community + Cultural Affairs – Gizelle.nelson@acad.ca

As always, if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email (president.acadsa@acad.ca).

Cheers,

lisa ray-anne sudeikat
President
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

 

1503, 2017

ACADSA Elections (Nomination Forms DUE March 21 by 4:00pm)

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ACADSA is looking for students who are interested in representing their department for the Student Leadership Council and Executive Committee.

We have made some changes to our team based on feedback we received at our Annual General Meeting and from your current representatives; we hope that this change will be better suited to represent the unique qualities of our campus. Additionally, we have added a Graduate Studies representative and an International Student representative to our governing board. As a member of the SLC/EC you will be provided exciting professional development opportunities and participating on a governing board is a wonderful addition to your CV and can propel your career in many ways.

Please note that these positions are all paid opportunities for students!

IMPORTANT DATES

Notice of Elections + Nomination form available on ACADSA website: March 3

Nomination forms DUE: March 21 BY 4:00PM

Mandatory campaign regulations meeting: March 21 @ 5:00pm

Campaigning begins: March 22

Voting days: April 4-6

Winners announced once polls are closed: April 6

The following representative positions are available, please see website for more details of how to apply.

http://www.acadsa.ca/about/elections/

Executive Committee

  • Director of Advocacy + Representation
  • Director of Community + Cultural Affairs
  • Director of External Relations
  • Director of Leadership + Governance

Student Leadership Council

  • Advertising
  • BFA General Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Character Design
  • Drawing
  • Fibre
  • (2) First Year Studies
  • Glass
  • Graduate Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • International Student
  • Jewellery + Metals
  • Media Arts + Digital Technologies
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the positions please don’t hesitate to contact me at president.acadsa@acad.ca!

Cheers,

lisa ray-anne sudeikat
President
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

303, 2017

Notice of Elections – 2017/18 Term

 

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It’s that time again!!!

ACADSA is looking for students who are interested in representing their department for the Student Leadership Council and Executive Committee.

We have made some changes to our team based on feedback we received at our Annual General Meeting and from your current representatives; we hope that this change will be better suited to represent the unique qualities of our campus. As a member of the SLC/EC you will be provided many exciting opportunities that will drive your professional growth and experience here at ACAD. Please note that these positions are all paid opportunities for students! The current SLC is reviewing the pay grid for the 17/18 year and it will be posted on the ACADSA website when approved.

IMPORTANT DATES

Notice of Elections + Nomination form available: March 3rd
Nomination forms DUE: March 21st BY 4:00PM
Mandatory campaign regulations meeting: March 21st @ 5:00pm
Campaigning begins: March 22nd
Voting days: April 4th, 5th, 6th

Winners announced: April 6th

The following representative positions are available, please see website for more details of how to apply.

http://www.acadsa.ca/about/elections/

  • Director of Advocacy + Representation
  • Director of Community + Cultural Affairs
  • Director of External Relations
  • Director of Leadership + Governance
  • Advertising
  • BFA General Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Character Design
  • Drawing
  • Fibre
  • (2) First Year Studies
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • International Student
  • Jewellery + Metals
  • Media Arts + Digital Technologies
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the positions please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Cheers,

lisa ray-anne sudeikat
President
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

president.acadsa@acad.ca